RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro affirmed on Monday that he intends to govern the country for all Brazilians and not only for his voters.
He called for unity and rejected the claims that point to him as a persecutor of homosexuals and of the freedom of the press.
“Now we are in another moment. I want to govern for everyone and not just for those who voted in me,” the controversial right-wing politician said in an interview with TV Globo, the first he granted to a TV network since his electoral victory on Sunday.
Bolsonaro confirmed in the same interview his commitment to respect the Constitution, when he was questioned about those who accuse him of being a risk to democracy.
“We have a Constitution that has to be respected and only then can we live together in harmony,” he said, denying that among his plans is the elimination of rights or guarantees or the adoption of an authoritarian regime.
Bolsonaro, who was elected president with 55 percent of the valid votes on Sunday, compared to 45 percent for his opponent, the socialist Fernando Haddad, called on Brazilians to unite after the most polarized and radicalized elections in the last three decades in the country.
“To those who did not vote for me, I want to say that we are in the same boat and that if Brazil does not overcome the ethical, political and economic crisis we are experiencing, we will all suffer the consequences,” he said in a message in which he defended national reconciliation.
The right-wing extremist took advantage of the interview to reject “labels” that he says have been attributed to him in a generalized way and that he described as false.