by Ricardo Brito
BRASILIA (Reuters) – After tensions with the Supreme Court escalated in recent weeks, President Jair Bolsonaro waved on Tuesday and said there was no way not to believe in the country’s future without an understanding with the judicial and legislative branches.
“There is no way we cannot believe in the future of this nation with legislation here, where the judiciary understands each other more for the greater good of all of us,” he said while presenting the Marechal Rondon Communications Award. In the Palácio do Planalto.
According to Bolsonaro, the government is talking to everyone, noting that the award is a tribute to everyone who cooperates with the government and Brazil. Among the laureates were STF Minister and former President of the Tribunal, Dias Toffoli.
“What would the government be without cooperation with the Senate, the Chamber, and sometimes the Supreme Court?” he said.
On Thursday last week, Bolsonaro had already changed his tone regarding the STF when he made an announcement to the nation, stating that there were “natural differences” in some of the decisions made by Court Minister Alexandre de Moraes, but that these issues must be resolved through action. Judicial to be taken.
Bolsonaro’s statement, which was published after his meeting with former President Michel Temer, came after the Judiciary Summit reacted to the president’s speeches against Moraes in his business on September 7, calling for the minister to walk out of court and threatening not to comply with the judge’s orders. decisions.
Moraes is conducting sensitive investigations against Bolsonaro and his STF allies, such as investigating fake news and anti-democratic actions.
Last Wednesday, a day after the president’s Independence Day holiday speeches, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Louise Fo, said failure to comply with judicial decisions is a liability crime.
In his speech, the President praised the work of the ministers, speaking of the Chief of Defense General Walter Braga Neto, saying that the armed forces are united and conscious, citing Article 142 of the Constitution.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly mentioned this constitutional provision after the interpretation that the armed forces would be a kind of “moderating force” in the face of conflict between the powers.
However, the STF has already spoken out against this supposed “moderate force” of the armed forces.
“I also see defense, unified and conscientious armed forces, armed forces operating within the four lines of the constitution, and its spirit is found in Article 142, which brings peace and tranquility to all of us,” he said.
In an effort to oppose former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the pollster’s intention to vote for the Planalto Palace in 2022, Bolsonaro also said he would never propose a media regulation.
For the president, “There are certain things that are worth well water, you only appreciate when you lose them” and that freedom of the press, even with all the flaws it considers, must continue.
Speaking shortly before Bolsonaro, the Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, said that despite the clashes with the media and the injustice done to him, the president has never talked about media regulation.
“The regulation of the media is done in dictatorial countries, in countries with dictatorships, the president, the media is regulated, and the press can only speak well of the government,” he said.
At the end of last month, Lula stated in an interview that if elected, he would regulate the media. He said he didn’t want to be in control, noting that he was thinking of something along the lines of the British model.
New legislation in the UK to regulate the media emerged in the last decade in the wake of the illegal wiretapping scandal by British newspapers.
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