Lulas team meets Bolsonaro aBraziltransition kickoff

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- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2022

BRASILIA,Brazil PresidentJair Bolsonaromet briefly on Thursday with the envoy coordinating the transfer of power to Luiz IncioLula da Silva, four days after a tight election loss that has sparked protests byhissupporters amidhisrefusal to publicly concede.

The meeting betweenBrazils far-right outgoing president and Vice President-Elect Geraldo Alckmin took place at the presidential palace, according to Alckmin, who headsda Silvas transition team. The team had earlier arrived in the capital of Brasilia, launching the process that will culminate withda Silvas Jan. 1 inauguration.

While Bolsonaro declined to publicly concede defeat inhisfirst public comments Tuesday,hischief of staff Ciro Nogueira told reporters he had received authorization from the incumbent for the transition process to proceed.

It was positive, Alckmin told journalists after Thursdays meeting withBolsonaroHerefused to answer whether the incumbent had congratulatedhimfor Sundays victory.

Bolsonarospoke about the federal governments readiness to provide every information, help, so we have a transition that is guided by the public interest, the vice president-elect said.

Alckmins teams first meeting of the day was with Sen. Marcelo Castro, who is responsible for the governments 2023 budget proposal. The vice president-elect urged lawmakers to adopt an emergency measure to allow new spending that the future administration considers essential, including monthly welfare payments of 600 reals ($118).

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Without that emergency action, the current budget would reduce these payments to 400 reals ($78) in January. Lawmakers told reporters that a decision on whether to make the change would be made by Monday.

Alckmin added he will return to Brasilia on Tuesday for more talks.

Da Silvas Workers Party is also seeking negotiations with Chamber of Deputies Speaker Arthur Lira, who has been a close ally ofBolsonaroHeis expected to seek reelection for the job next year.

Heshowed willingness to discuss whatever is set as a priority for the (future) government. The doors are open, Workers Party lawmaker Jos Guimaraes said.

The meetings aim to ensure governability with a potentially contentious Congress and provide reassurance thatBolsonaros administration will be cooperative.

There had been widespread concernBolsonaromight present claims of fraud and challenge the results of Sundays election, following the roadmap of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

There have been questions about the ease with whichda Silvawill be able to govern, partly because conservative lawmakers from Bolsonaros party and others did well in the first round of the election on Oct. 2. In addition, the Big Center bloc of politicians known for exchanging support for positions and pork has been supportingBolsonaroto date.

An opening came Sunday when Lira became the first prominentBolsonaroally to recognize the election results. Lira oversees what has become commonly referred to as the secret budget, which directs billions to lawmakers for pet projects.

The mechanism was adopted during Bolsonaros government, enabling Congress and the executive branch to bypass a budget ceiling. During the campaign,da Silvacriticized the program, saying it depleted funds for key social needs and promised to put an end to it. Many lawmakers already expect to receive funds for spending in their states.

Senator-elect Wellington Dias, one of the coordinators of da Silvas campaign, told journalists that it is not the moment to discuss an end to that mechanism.

Congress has until Dec. 17 to approve a 2023 spending bill with input from the new administration.

In a video posted to social media Wednesday,Bolsonaroaddressedhissupporters, calling for them to end their nationwide protests. They had blocked hundreds of roads, with some people calling for military intervention to overturn the election results.

In the narrowest presidential election sinceBrazils return to democracy in 1985,da Silvabeat Bolsonaro by about 2 million votes.

I know youre upset. Im just as sad and upset as you are. But we have to keep our heads straight,Bolsonarosaid. Closing roads inBraziljeopardizes peoples right to come and go.

By Thursday morning, more than 850 protests had broken up, leaving 73 partial or full blockages of roads, the federal highway police said. Of the 13 full blockages, most were in the southern state of Santa Catarina.

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