| 29 January 2023, Sunday |

Brazil President Bolsonaro postpones re-election event with Liberal Party

After talks with the party’s leader, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Sunday that he was postponing an event to launch his re-election bid in affiliation with the Liberal Party.

In a televised interview from Dubai, Bolsonaro stated that the “marriage needs to be perfect,” and that the Nov. 22 event would be canceled.

“Following message exchanges on Sunday, we have decided to postpone the affiliation ceremony,” the Liberal Party’s president, Valdemar Costa Neto, said in a statement. A new date was not set by the party.

On Wednesday, Costa Neto announced that Bolsonaro would join the party. It was Bolsonaro’s first step toward launching a campaign for the October election, in which he is expected to face former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Neither candidate has formally declared their candidacy.

Bolsonaro has also met with members of the Progressive Party, including Lower House Speaker Arthur Lira.

Bolsonaro was elected with the Social Liberal Party (PSL) in 2018, but resigned the following year due to a disagreement with the party’s leadership. He has not joined any other political party since then, but he will need one to run for re-election. The president’s poll numbers have dropped as a result of his handling of the pandemic, a weak economy, and rising inflation.

  • Reuters