– Bolsonaro appears to have left the presidential palace in disrepair
New First Lady Rosangela “Ganga” da Silva led television reporters through the Alvorada Palace to show her condition after the previous occupant’s departure.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro appears to have left the official residence of the head of state in Brasília in the worst possible state: New first lady Rosangela “Ganga da Silva led reporters from TV Globo through the Alvorada Palace on Friday to assess his condition. After excerpts from a previous occupant’s presentation.
Parts of the iconic building were “dilapidated,” said the wife of new president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the tour, noting torn carpets, broken floors, broken windows and water damage to the ceiling. The huge banquet hall filmed by the TV crew was completely empty, with all the furnishings apparently removed.
Rosangela da Silva said an unknown number of pieces of furniture and artwork from the presidential residence were missing. Other tapestries were damaged, and a 19th-century painting lay on the floor. In contrast, the historic library was littered with electronic equipment, from which Bolsonaro delivered weekly video addresses during his tenure, which ended at the turn of the year.
Da Silva announced that she and her husband would first restore the presidential palace and repair the damage. Only after a complete inventory did they want to move into the dwelling. Furniture and works of art are to be placed on the national heritage list “so that historical objects belonging to the Brazilian state will never happen again to the president.”
Rainforest deforestation increased by 150 percent in Bolsonaro’s last month in office
In the last month of ousted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s term, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose by a good 150 percent compared to the same month last year. As the government’s monitoring program Deter announced on Friday, 218.4 square kilometers of rainforest were destroyed in December. This is more than 150 percent more than the 87.2 square kilometers of forest that were cut down or burned in December 2021.
Fires and deforestation in the Brazilian rainforest have increased sharply under right-wing President Bolsonaro. His successor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who took office at the start of the month, is raising international hopes that protecting the Amazon rainforest can step up the fight against the climate crisis. When he took office, Lula promised to stop deforestation and reinvigorate conservation programs.