The teams of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the elected president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva began the transition of government this Thursday after the victory at the polls of the progressive leader and three days of street protests promoted by the extreme right.
“The transition has already begun,” said the vice president-elect, Geraldo Alckmin, in charge of coordinating the transition process with the Bolsonaro government, who implicitly admitted his defeat last Tuesday, after two days of silence, and assured that he will comply with the Constitution. .
Alckmin traveled to Brasilia, where he held a first meeting today at the Planalto Presidential Palace with the Minister of the Presidency, Ciro Nogueira, who is responsible for the transition process in the Government.
The elected vice president has considered the first contact as “quite useful” and “very objective” and has clarified that the transition work will take shape from next Monday. “The transition will be installed with the objectives of transparency, planning and continuity of services provided to the population,” Alckmin assured at a press conference in Brasilia.
Alckmin was accompanied by the president of the Workers’ Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffmann, and by the coordinator of Lula’s government program, former minister Aloizio Mercadante, who will visit this Friday the facility designated as the center of operations in the transfer process of information.
The legislation grants the elected president the right to form a transition team, with 50 positions at his disposal, to have access to public administration data and prepare the first government measures. The transition was authorized by President Jair Bolsonaro after veiledly admitting the victory of Lula, who already governed Brazil between 2003 and 2010.
In his first statement after the elections, made 45 hours after the result, the leader of the Brazilian extreme right did not acknowledge his defeat or sing victory, nor did he make the democratic gesture of congratulating the progressive leader, but he committed himself to the Constitution.
Negotiations for the transition have begun after three days of protests by far-right activists who support Bolsonaro, which included roadblocks by truckers and even massive demonstrations outside the barracks.
In both cases, the demonstrators called for a “military intervention” which, according to their protests, should prevent “communism” from taking power in Brazil, in a clear incitement to a coup ignored by the Armed Forces.