Brazil: Bolsonaro Signals Transfer Of Power After Losing Re-Election

Brazil: Bolsonaro Signals Transfer Of Power After Losing Re-Election
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil (photo: Flickr/Isac Nóbrega – CC license)

After becoming the first incumbent president to lose reelection in Brazil since democracy returned to the country in 1985, Jair Bolsonaro agreed to transfer power to President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva without conceding he lost the election two days ago.

In a quick two-minute speech, the far-right leader (often referred to as the “Trump of South America”) thanked his supporters, criticized the left, and touted his own accomplishments.

All of that without acknowledging that he had lost the election or that the vote had been free & fair.

Then his chief of staff, Ciro Nogueira, took the lectern and said his government would transfer power to the incoming administration: “President Bolsonaro has authorized me — when requested, based on the law — to start the transition process.”

For months, Bolsonaro (a virulently anti-LGBTQ homophobe) had told his supporters that the only way he could lose reelection would be through voter fraud.

Sound like someone we know here in the U.S.?