Bolsonaro expected to break his silence and talk about the elections in Brazil
BRASILIA, Oct 31 (Reuters) – More than 20 hours after losing an election to his fierce left-wing opponent, Brazil’s far-right Jair Bolsonaro has yet to say a word in public, but is expected to break his silence on Monday afternoon.
The head of the allied party, Claudio Cajado, said that Bolsonaro’s aides want him to read the text of the election, but it is not certain that he will concede defeat.
Brazil is on edge, with pro-Bolsonaro truckers setting up roadblocks 12 Brazilian states.
The president has barely been seen since Sunday night and has been completely silent – an unusual stance for the normally volatile leader who likes to talk live and constantly posts on social media, much like his political role model former US President Donald Trump.
Bolsonaro’s unusual silence has raised concerns that he plans to challenge former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s narrow victory in Sunday’s runoff vote. International election observers and diplomats said they had no doubt that Brazil’s democratic institutions would prevail.
Time is running out to challenge the election result as many international leaders, political allies and high-profile supporters have already recognized Lula’s victory.
Bolsonaro’s former infrastructure minister Tarcisio de Freitas, elected governor of Brazil’s largest state of Sao Paulo, said congratulating Lula was part of democracy and that he hoped the president-elect would rule for all Brazilians.
The outgoing president has yet to call his rival to congratulate him on becoming Brazil’s president-elect.
Reporting by Anthony Boadle and Ricardo Britto; Editing by Josie Kao and Alistair Bell
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