Bolsonaro leaves Brazil with two days left on his mandate

BRASILIA, Dec 31 — Brazil’s outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has not acknowledged his electoral defeat, left the country Friday, two days prior to his successor’s inauguration and shortly just after bidding his followers a tearful farewell.

The controversial significantly-appropriate chief left for Florida in the United States on an air power airplane around 2:00 pm (1700 GMT), according to numerous information retailers.

“I am flying, I’ll be again shortly,” CNN Brazil claimed Bolsonaro as saying.

His airplane landed in Orlando shortly right after 9:00 pm (0200 GMT Saturday), in accordance to the aviation monitoring web-site FlightAware.

This suggests he will miss Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony and will not transfer the presidential sash to leftist president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as is the custom.

Bolsonaro is technically president for two far more times.

His vice president, Hamilton Mourao, is now performing president and will give a national handle on Saturday, in accordance to the RNR general public broadcaster.

The presidency did not respond to AFP thoughts on the timing and function of Bolsonaro’s excursion.

Earlier Friday, Bolsonaro assured supporters in a live broadcast on social media that “we will not see the planet conclusion on January 1” when Lula can take up the presidential mantle.

“We have a excellent upcoming ahead,” the outgoing president declared, including: “Battles are lost, but we will not shed the war.”

It was Bolsonaro’s initial stay deal with since his narrow Oct defeat, after which the lively social media consumer fell uncharacteristically silent.

Unprecedented Stability

Lula experienced won the election with 50.9 per cent of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1 per cent.

His inauguration would be the initially considering that 1985 devoid of the outgoing president transferring the presidential sash to his successor.

That yr, the previous president of the armed forces dictatorship, Basic Joao Batista Figueiredo, snubbed the inauguration of Jose Sarney, in accordance to studies from the time by the O Globo newspaper.

Addressing hundreds of followers who keep on to protest outside military services installations in Brasilia and other towns demanding the military intervene to quit Lula’s ascension, Bolsonaro stated he had specified his ideal.

“I in no way anticipated to get right here,” he mentioned, in tears.

“At least, we delayed by 4 many years Brazil’s collapse into this nefarious ideology, which is the left… Say the very best of me,” included Bolsonaro, who in accordance to a greater part of analysts leaves driving a inadequate history that incorporates environmental destruction and Covid-19 chaos.

In accordance to Friday’s governing administration gazette, the presidency had licensed a delegation to travel with Bolsonaro to Miami from January 1 to 30 to provide “security and personal aid.”

The outgoing leader spoke for the 1st time Friday about a failed bomb assault in Brasilia a week in the past by a male who explained he was a Bolsonaro supporter searching for to sow “chaos” forward of the inauguration and “prevent the institution of communism in Brazil” less than Lula.

“Nothing justifies this try at terrorism,” Bolsonaro stated.

The failed try with explosives positioned in a gasoline truck, as nicely as functions of vandalism carried out by other Bolsonaro followers, prompted the authorities to deploy an unprecedented safety contingent for Sunday’s swearing in. — AFP