Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro celebrated on Monday his first 1,000 days in government and warned about the 2022 elections, in which he said the country could “go backwards” and return to a “past of corruption”.
In a ceremony held at the presidential palace, Bolsonaro made a brief review of his administration during those 1,000 days and dedicated part of his speech to the elections scheduled for October 2 next year, for which polls point to former socialist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as favorite.
“He who forgets the past is condemned to have no future” and “don’t think that certain things that happen with the neighbors cannot happen with us”, declared Bolsonaro, to point out that in the 2022 elections Brazil runs the risk of “following the path of other countries” in South America.
“Who would have imagined a few years ago that the very rich Venezuela would be as it is today”, said the president, who assured that “the destiny of Brazil passes through those who the citizens decide should lead this great country.”
Bolsonaro regretted the “anticipated electoral debate” in which the country is immersed, he reiterated that next year he will be a candidate “or not”, in allusion to the polls that reflect the alleged favoritism of Brazilians to return to the socialist path “they already know what the movie of the future may be”, he said.
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“They saw it for almost 14 years,” he declared in reference to the time that the Workers’ Party (PT), led by Lula and which in the last two decades has been splashed by several corruption scandals, was in government.
“We have 1,000 days without corruption. Obviously it has not been eliminated. But if there is, we will take the necessary measures”, because “this government does not tolerate it” and has “greatly improved” the fight against these illegal practices, Bolsonaro guaranteed.