BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazilian Neo-Liberal President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday expressed his concern about Russia’s recent military maneuvers in Venezuela, according to statements made during a television interview.
“Russia has maneuvered in Venezuela. We know that the intention of [Nicolás] Maduro’s dictatorship and Brazil has to be concerned about that,” Bolsonaro told SBT in an interview.
“In the last 24, 25 years, our Armed Forces were abandoned because of a political issue,” added the former captain of the Brazilian Army.
Bolsonaro also said that in Brazil the Armed Forces are the “last obstacle” to the advancement of socialism.
On Venezuela, the president of Brazil went further, saying that former President Hugo Chavez was able to impose a regime of force, “corrupting, bribing and demoralizing the Armed Forces,” and that former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016) did the same in Brazil.
On December 10, two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers, an Antonov An-124 heavy transport plane and a Russian Aerospace Ilyushin IL-62 passenger plane landed at the Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, with a hundred Russian officials who participated in joint military exercises with their Venezuelan counterparts.
Reform of Social Security
Bolsonaro also spoke about other issues, such as the Pension Reform. According to him, part of the text sent last year by Michel Temer should be availed, but will “review something”. The idea would be to set the minimum retirement age in Brazil of 62 years for men and 57 years for women, with a transitional period.
“What we intend to do is put a cut in the Pension Reform plan until the end of 2022. It would increase to 62 (years) for men and 57 (years) for women,” he told SBT. “The future president would reassess this situation and would push for the next government from 2023 to 2028, move to 63, 64. It is that when you put everything at once in a package first you can go wrong and we do not want to miss.”
“The opposition will use the 65 years to say that we have done a great deal of evil with the people. We do not want that,” he said, but pointed out that other details will still be defined (the minister of Economics, Paulo Guedes, is expected to present the project at a luncheon this Friday).
Bolsonaro also spoke of the possibility of ending the Labor Court, since there is, according to him, an “excess of protection” to the worker in Brazil.
“It is being studied, in case there is a climate, we could discuss and even make a proposal … Employee earns little, but the labor is expensive. he said.
Case of Queiroz: ‘It was to hit me’
Bolsonaro also spoke about the case involving the former military police officer Fabrício Queiroz, who was an advisor to his son, Senator Flávio Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ), and handled R$1.2 million in what was considered a suspicious value by the Council of Control of Financial Activities (Coaf).
The president said that he knew that he knew that he sold cars and that “he had roll” – previously, Bolsonaro had said that he made a loan to him of $40,000 to justify a deposit of $24,000 in the first lady’s account, Michelle Bolsonaro, made by Queiroz – but pointed out that she was the victim of a leak. And that the ex-PM owes explanations.
“Everyone has to pay if the move was irregular, but they broke his secrecy without judicial authorization and the potentialization of his case was to hit me,” he added.