After the meeting marking the official beginning of the government transition Wednesday (Nov. 7), President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro said the country “cannot disregard” the knowledge of the country’s current president. Bolsonaro expressed his gratitude for the meeting and said he counts on Temer’s experience to help him.
“If necessary, we will once again ask for his assistance. Because a lot will continue. Brazil cannot disregard the knowledge of those who served as president,” said Bolsonaro, who stood next to Temer during an interview at the Planalto presidential palace.
It was the first meeting between the current president and Bolsonaro since his win, on October 28.
After the president-elect’s statements, Temer noted that he is at his service for whatever he and his team need. The president said it was time for union. “Let’s go all together.”
The president also stated that any bills under Congress scrutiny regarded as relevant to the coming government may be named by Bolsonaro so Temer and his team may attempt to negotiate priorities for future votes.
Temer invited Bolsonaro to accompany him on trips overseas, like the upcoming G20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires, slated to take place from November 30 to December 1, and expected to be attended by US President Donald Trump.
President Temer also reported Bolsonaro heard about government measures taken in the last two years and a half and what has been planned for the near future. The president said his agenda will be “scrutinized” by his successor, who will decide what should be preserved.