Brasilia, 13 Dec. (EFE).- Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva concluded the work of the transition team on Tuesday with harsh criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he described as a “being irrational” and “inhuman”.
Lula carried out a symbolic act with the team which, in recent weeks, has gathered information from the Bolsonaro government to prepare the management that the progressive leader will begin after his inauguration on January 1.
“We have a perfect x-ray of the devastation that has been wrought in this country, and the perfect word is devastation,” said Lula, who clarified that the new government will face a very serious social situation, given above all by hunger. suffered. by some 33 million Brazilians. .
He attributed this reality to “this citizen”, alluding to Bolsonaro, of whom he assured that “he is an irrational figure, without heart, without feelings, a liar, who is not able to express a gesture of solidarity nor to cry a tear for those who died of covid”.
He pointed out that Bolsonaro “continues to encourage the fascists who are in the streets”, that this Monday they have promoted violent demonstrations in Brasilia and that since the elections of October 30, they have camped in front of the barracks to demand a coup. military state that prevents his investiture.
He recalled that in his life he was a candidate for the presidency six times and was defeated three times.
“Every time I lost, I respected the person who won and called them to congratulate them,” but “that citizen still doesn’t recognize their defeat,” he said of Bolsonaro.
However, he assured that now “it is time to govern”, which “is to take care of the population and, above all, of the poorest”, he guaranteed.
In the same act, he confirmed that Aloizio Mercadante, who led the transition team, will assume the presidency of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), which will focus on the most vulnerable segments of society.
According to Mercadante, the Lula government will find itself in a delicate budgetary situation and will be forced to “do more” with fewer resources.
“Although the current government says that the situation is fine”, it was found that “there are no resources for health, education, public safety or civil defense” and that there are a scenario he defined as “a tax blackout”. ” he asserted.
Also on Tuesday, popular singer Margareth Menezes was confirmed as future culture minister and the first black woman in the cabinet who will take office with Lula on January 1.
Until now, Lula had already named his future ministers of finance, defence, external relations, justice and the presidency.
At the Treasury, he chose Fernando Haddad, a man of his greatest confidence, like Rui Costa, who will occupy the ministry of the Presidency.
The foreign ministry will be headed by Mauro Vieira, a career diplomat who held the post between 2015 and 2016, under the administration of Dilma Rousseff.
The defense minister will be José Múcio, former director of the Court of Auditors, the body that oversees public accounts, and has long had excellent relations with the armed forces.
The justice portfolio has been given to Flávio Dino, a politician close to Lula who was the former governor of Maranhão and who won a seat in the Senate in last October’s elections.
Lula has not fully configured his new government, but the transition team has announced that it will have around 35 ministries, compared to the 23 that Bolsonaro maintained, who upon taking power extinguished various portfolios, including that of Culture.
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