In his first speech after winning the elections for the presidency of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG) promised to work for the “pacification” of the country, but he was adamant in condemning the Bolsonarist coup plotters who attacked the Planalto Palace and the seats of Congress and of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) on January 8th.
After highlighting the work of the Legislative Police and the Senate’s advocacy, Pacheco highlighted that the criminals are being identified and forwarded to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office “to seek, in addition to a criminal response, compensation for the violated public property. being overcome, but they will never be forgotten”.
“Pacification is being on the right side of history, the side that defends Brazil and the Brazilian people. For that, the toxic polarization needs to be definitively eradicated from our country. powers on January 8, 2023 cannot and will not be repeated,” said the re-elected president of the Senate.
Supported by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Pacheco got 49 votes, against 32 for Bolsonarist Rogério Marinho (PL-RN). Eduardo Girão (Podemos-CE) formally withdrew his candidacy moments before the start of voting.
“Democratic disputes strengthen institutions, strengthen democracy, favor dialogue. In view of this, I congratulate Senator Rogério Marinho, to whom I pay my tribute for the dispute that took place. The essence of democracy must be this: to resolve disputes and resolve differences peacefully “, said Pacheco.
Despite the nod to the Bolsonarist opponent (Marinho was Minister of Regional Development in the government of Jair Bolsonaro) and the speech in favor of “pacification”, Pacheco made several criticisms that were clearly aimed at the former president’s surroundings and supporters.
“Hate speech, lying speech, coup speech, which afflicts and distances democracy, must be discouraged, contradicted, fought by all of us, without exceptions. Political leaders who are committed to Brazil know this. disinformation must be clear, assertive, direct. Only in this way will we overcome the culture of hate, which divides and weakens us”, he pointed out.
“We will be collaborative”
Elected with the support of the parties that make up the governing base, Pacheco also stated that he will act in favor of agendas dear to the Lula government, such as the defense of the rights of women and minorities, the fight against racism and environmental responsibility.
“We will collaborate with the executive branch: the President of the Republic, Minister of State and Government institutions, to enable measures that allow the return of growth and the development of national infrastructure. We want to establish bridges and help build solutions”, he promised.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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