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Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil before of Lula’s inauguration

Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil before of Lula’s inauguration

Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil before of Lula’s inauguration

Jair Bolsonaro leaves Brazil before of Lula’s inauguration

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  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leaves country for the United States.
  • Sunday’s inauguration of Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.
  • Thousands of his supporters have protested, claiming the election was rigged.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left his country on Friday for the United States, two days ahead of President-elect Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva’s inauguration.

From the airport in Brasilia, Bolsonaro took off aboard a Brazilian Air Force aircraft. According to reupdated media outlet, he was accompanied by advisors and first lady Michelle Bolsonaro.

“I’m on a flight, I’ll be back soon,” Bolsonaro told reupdated media outlet.

His decision to leave comes as Brazil’s government issued an ordinance on Friday authorizing five civil servants to accompany “future ex-president” Bolsonaro to Miami, Florida, between January 1 and 30, 2023.

While it is unclear when Bolsonaro plans to return, his trip to the US may break with Brazilian convention of outgoing leaders being present at their successors’ inauguration ceremony. Lula da Silva is due to be inaugurated on Sunday.

Bolsonaro earlier on Friday said goodbye to his supporters in live broadcast shared online.

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“Brazil will not end on January 1, you can be sure about that,” the outgoing president said in reference to Lula da Silva’s inauguration date.

“Today we have a mass of people who know more about politics”, he continued. “They understand they are at risk. Good will win. We have leaders all over Brazil. New politicians or reelected politicians, they will make a difference.”

He also denounced a bombing attempt at a Brasilia airport.

In a written statement to police, the suspect, who was apprehended over the weekend, declared his intention to “cause havoc” in order to prevent the former Lula da Silva from retaking office in January.

“There is no justification, here in Brasília, for this … terrorist act, here in the region of the Brasília airport. Nothing justifies it.” Bolsonaro said Friday.

Although Bolsonaro’s administration has stated that it is helping with the transfer of power, the far-right leader has refrained from officially admitting that he lost the election on October 30.

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Thousands of his fans have congregated at military barracks across the nation to protest, pleading with the army to intervene as they assert, without providing any supporting proof, that the election was rigged.

But on Friday, Bolsonaro overturned a law that had prohibited Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, and other representatives of that nation from entering Brazil.

According to the press secretary for the incoming president, Lula da Silva’s group requested that the prohibition be lifted. Maduro received an invitation to the ceremony.

The law, which went into effect in August 2019, was passed by Bolsonaro. The official journal of the federal government issued a new ordinance on Friday.

After Bolsonaro’s administration took a hostile stance against Brazil’s neighbor in Latin America, Maduro declared on social media in November that he and Lula had decided to resume a “cooperation agenda” between the two nations.

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