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LATIN AMERICA | 08-11-2022 16:07

Brazil President Bolsonaro keeps low profile after loss

Brazilian president has been uncharacteristically quiet since his election loss to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last month.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been uncharacteristically quiet since his election loss to veteran leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last month, all but disappearing from public view and even his beloved social media accounts.

The far-right president, who remains in office until January 1, responded to his defeat in the October 30 run-off election with a nearly 48-hour silence, raising fears he could try to fight the result as his supporters blocked highways in protest and urged the military to intervene to keep him in power.

Bolsonaro finally made a brief statement on November 1, saying he would respect the constitution – but neither conceding defeat nor congratulating Lula. 

He followed that up with a video posted on social media the following night, urging supporters to stop blocking highways, though he encouraged "legitimate demonstrations."

Bolsonaro, 67, has remained silent since.

According to his official agenda, he has been at his official residence since November 1, when he met with cabinet ministers at the presidential offices.

Newspaper O Globo reported Bolsonaro was home with "health issues," had a fever and appeared exhausted, citing sources close to the president.

Bolsonaro's office did not immediately respond to questions about his health.

His Twitter account, usually a hive of activity, has not been posted to since the run-off, except last Wednesday's video and an enigmatic picture posted Tuesday, showing the president standing before a crowd of supporters, a Brazilian flag at his back.

Bolsonaro has even stopped giving his weekly live address on Facebook, one of the main communication channels he has relied on to speak to his base throughout his presidency.

The rest of the the president's clan clan has also been unusually quiet online since the election.

The day after, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president's eldest son, posted a message saying, "Dad, I'm with you no matter what."

Sunday, he posted two other messages condemning alleged "censorship" of his father's supporters on social media.

Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, Flavio's younger brother, meanwhile shared a post from new Twitter owner Elon Musk promising to "look into" claims that pro-Bolsonaro users' accounts were unfairly suspended over alleged disinformation.



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