In yet another attempt to discredit the Brazilian electoral system, President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) said on Thursday (22) that he cannot admit that “half a dozen [de] secretly” count the votes in the TSE (Superior Electoral Court).
”I’m not accusing TSE servers. I can’t admit that half a dozen people have the cryptographic key to everything, and that half a dozen people secretly count the votes in a room over there at the TSE. That’s not admissible.” , Bolsonaro said in an interview with Radio Band B, from Curitiba.
“The Constitution itself speaks of public counting of votes. What do we want? Look what I’m looking for. I’m looking for transparency. Nothing more than that. We can’t finish the 2022 elections and the people stay in doubt.’ Did this guy win? Was the process clean, was it transparent?'” said the president.
Flag of pocketnarismo, the printed vote was almost defeated in a meeting on Friday (16) in a special committee of the Chamber, but a maneuver by government officials postponed the vote to August 5, after the parliamentary recess, which runs from 18 to 31 July.
The theme has been used insistently by Bolsonaro to make coup threats against the 2022 elections. He has stated, several times, that if change does not occur, there will be no elections. A reaction from 11 parties, however, turned the tables and, until last Friday, guaranteed a majority to reject the proposal.
Even if it advances in the special commission, to approve a PEC it is necessary at least 308 votes in the Chamber (out of a total of 513 deputies) and 49 in the Senate (out of a total of 81 senators), in two-round voting. To be valid for the 2022 elections, the proposal would have to be promulgated by the beginning of October.
In other words, the chances of the proposal prospering for the next election were considered remote even before Bolsonaro’s speech admitting the probable defeat.
In recent weeks, Bolsonaro has provoked an institutional crisis by claiming that the 2022 elections may not take place if a reliable voting modality is not adopted — in his view, the print.
Without providing evidence, Bolsonaro once again claimed to have evidence of fraud in the 2014 presidential election, despite the fact that the loser in the second round of that year, now federal deputy Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG), declared that he did not believe that this had ever existed. irregularity in that dispute.
The president has also stated —again without proof— that there was fraud in the 2018 election, when he defeated Fernando Haddad (PT). Bolsonaro’s claim is that he would have received more votes than were counted. He never presented evidence of this charge.
This Thursday, the Minister of Defense, General Walter Braga Netto, echoed Bolsonaro and said in a statement that there is a demand for legitimacy and transparency in the elections in the country.
According to him, once again raising a “pocketnarista” flag, the discussion about the “electronic voting that can be audited by means of a printed receipt is legitimate”.
“I believe that every citizen wants greater transparency and legitimacy in the process of choosing their representatives in the Executive and Legislative at all levels,” said the military man.
Also this Thursday, earlier this afternoon, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), posted a message on Twitter in which he said that decisions on the political-electoral system are up to Congress and that elections are non-negotiable .
“Whatever the model, the holding of periodic elections, including in 2022, is not under discussion. This is non-negotiable. They will happen, as they are the purest expression of the sovereignty of the people”, he wrote.
In Thursday’s interview, Bolsonaro also confirmed the name of senator Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI) to head the Civil House and justified the change of a soldier for a leader of the centrão in the ministerial reform that he decided to lead now, a moment of fragility of the government.
“When I put a military man in the government, there are also criticisms: ‘Another military man.’ I put a congressman: ‘Oh, a congressman.’ Folks, if you have criticisms of deputies from the center, don’t vote for these candidates anymore during the next year’s elections. It’s simple,” Bolsonaro said.
Faced with criticism for getting even closer to the center, the president said he was born from the group of parties known for exchanging support for positions and amendments.
“Each and every party has good people and people who are not very interested in doing the right thing. Now, I have and intend, within the four lines of the Constitution, to seek support within Parliament.”
Bolsonaro said that ministerial reform was “practically certain”. “We are going to put a senator here at the Civil House who can maintain a better dialogue with the Brazilian Parliament,” stated Bolsonaro.
The agent said he had already talked to the senator and that the invitation was accepted. He will meet you on Monday (26) for final arrangement.
“We’re not going to have any problem in terms of properly handling the issues related to the Casa Civil. And the Casa Civil is our most important ministry, it’s the one dealing with coordination between the ministries. So, it’s a person that interests us because of his experience , which can, in my opinion, do a good job here,” he declared.
Bolsonaro minimized the discontent of the current head of the Civil House, General Luiz Eduardo Ramos, who will be transferred to the General Secretariat, a ministry that has less relevance, despite being physically located close to the president, at Palácio do Planalto.
“In the military area, we usually make some decisions without listening to many people. Although Ramos is here every day, five, six times with me. He knows what the behavior is and what our intention is,” said Bolsonaro.
“He hasn’t left. He’s still a minister, an important ministry he also occupies, he’s called a palace minister, he’s in contact with us all the time. And these palace ministers always bring information from other ministries.”
Bolsonaro also confirmed that the current head of the General Secretariat, Onyx Lorenzoni, will occupy the Ministry of Labor and Welfare, which will be recreated from the dismemberment of two secretariats of Minister Paulo Guedes (Economy).
“This is the picture painted here now. No drastic change in my opinion. I think it improves the dialogue with the Parliament and we continue within normality here, leading the destiny of the nation,” he said.
Bolsonaro used the interview to rebut criticism for his approach to the center, which he and allies condemned throughout the 2018 presidential campaign.
At that time, the current head of the GSI (Institutional Security Office), General Augusto Heleno, even sang “if you scream grab centrão, there’s no one left, my brother”. Bolsonaro said he cannot govern with just one-fifth of the Chamber and said the term “centrão” is pejorative.
“There are some parties that joined in the campaign for [Geraldo] Alckmin [do PSDB] and it was then labeled central as something pejorative, as something harmful to the nation. It has nothing to do. I was born from there,” said Bolsonaro, despite the fact that the center is a group prior to the dispute.
“We have 513 parliamentarians. […]. There are just over 200 people. If you remove this center party, that leaves 300 votes for me. One hundred and a few leftist parliamentarians, PT, PC do B and PSDB away, I’m going to govern with a fifth of the Chamber. There is no way to govern with a fifth of the Chamber.”
The changes will come amid a series of pressures on Bolsonaro, including more than 100 impeachment requests in the House, loss of popularity, disadvantage against Lula in the 2022 election polls, Covid’s CPI investigation in the Senate, instabilities in the governing base and billionaire electoral fund negotiations.
Bolsonaro’s alliance with the centrão, sought by the president last year in the face of a series of impeachment orders that were already accumulating in the Chamber, buried once and for all the Pocketnarist discourse, exploited to exhaustion during the 2018 campaign, that the president did not he would surrender to what he called the old “take there, give here” policy.
To serve the center, the government promises to release billions in parliamentary amendments and is now even preparing the re-creation of ministries, going against another campaign speech, that of the downsizing of the public machine.
Today the Bolsonaro government has 22 ministries, 7 more than the 15 promised in the election campaign — under the management of Michel Temer (MDB), his predecessor, there were 29 ministries. The current administration had 23 ministries, but the Central Bank lost this status with the approval of its autonomy.