From Florida, Jair Bolsonaro says he wants to return to Brazil this month

The former president of Brazil rejected Lula da Silva’s accusations for Sunday’s attacks in Brasilia. Reasons for return.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is hospitalized in Florida, said he intends to return to his country before the end of the month, when his visa is supposed to expire.

The former head of state settled in Orlando at the end of the year, two days before the inauguration of Lula da Silva, without giving the attributes command.

He was admitted Sunday night to an area hospital for severe abdominal pain related to injuries sustained in a knife attack in 2018.

When he arrived in the United States, he remained silent for several days and could barely be seen eating fried chicken in a fast food house and in a supermarket.

On Sunday, when thousands of his followers stormed Congress, the government headquarters and the Court in Brasilia, he was silent for several hours until he announced that he had entered.

Later He sought to detach himself from the incidents, condemned all over the world, and said that they were demonstrations that had broken the rules and rejected Lula’s accusations.

Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro invaded the headquarters of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court, in Brasilia on Sunday. Photo: AP

The former Brazilian president told CNN Brazil on Monday night that he will remain in the hospital “for the next few days.”


“This is my third hospitalization for a severe intestinal obstruction. I came to spend time outside with the family. But I did not have quiet days. First there was this unfortunate episode yesterday (Sunday) in Brazil and then my admission to the hospital,” he said in reference to the invasion of the buildings.

“I came (to the United States) to stay until the end of the month [enero], but I intend to advance my return. Because in Brazil the doctors already know about my problem of intestinal obstruction due to the stab wound. Here, the doctors did not accompany me,” Bolsonaro said.

It was speculated that the Brazilian had settled in Orlando not only to avoid transferring power to Lula but also to avoid any legal process that he could suffer in Brazil. But Bolsonaro, who is a friend of Donald Trump and never had good relations with the Joe Biden government, he is an awkward visitor to the White House.

In fact, after the riots on Sunday, various voices began to rise in the US Congress, which also experienced an assault two years ago, so that he was expelled from the country.

Social movements demonstrated Monday night in Rio de Janeiro, in support of democracy.  Photo: AFP

Social movements demonstrated Monday night in Rio de Janeiro, in support of democracy. Photo: AFP

It is not well known what is the legal status of the Brazilian in the United States. It is believed that he could have entered with an A1 visa, which is diplomatic and is the one granted to heads of state.

But, as State Department spokesman Ned Price clarified, this type of visa expires 30 days after the expiration of the position of the holder. Given the Lula took office on January 1the deadline would be met at the end of the month.

It was speculated that he could have a tourist visa (which could have allowed him to extend his stay for a few more months) and that he could have been admitted to try to request a postponement for humanitarian reasons.

But the Biden government has already signaled that it would not give rise to these decisions that would complicate the special relationship they seek with Lula, who was invited to the White House at the beginning of February.

There are already deputies from Brazil who have requested that Itamaraty -the Brazilian Foreign Ministry- start an extradition request. But it would be a very long process and Bolsonaro should be condemned.

For now, the easiest way out is for the Brazilian to simply return to his country.

Washington, corresponsal

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