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Bolsonaro applies for a tourist visa in the USA


After his electoral defeat, Brazil's ex-president Bolsonaro fled to Florida. US politicians would like to get rid of the right-wing extremist. But he wants to stay in the United States for the time being – as a tourist.

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Jair Bolsonaro

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Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a six-month tourist visa in the United States.

This was announced by his lawyer Felipe Alexandre.

Bolsonaro will remain in the United States while the application process is ongoing.

"He wants to take some time off, clear his head and enjoy being a tourist in the US for a few months," Alexandre told Reuters.

Bolsonaro will then decide how to proceed.

The US State Department declined to provide information, citing data protection concerns.

The Financial Times first reported that Bolsonaro had applied for a tourist visa.

Bolsonaro flew to the US, in the state of Florida, two days before the end of his term on January 1.

The far-right politician had lost the presidential election against the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Contrary to tradition, Bolsonaro did not attend the inauguration of his successor Lula.

On January 8, hundreds of Bolsonaro supporters stormed the presidential palace, the congress building and the seat of the Supreme Court in Brasília.

The Supreme Court wants to determine whether Bolsonaro instigated the anti-democracy protests, which he has so far denied.

US politicians have asked President Joe Biden to revoke Bolsonaro's visa because of the riots in Brasília.

Bolsonaro is said to be in Florida on a diplomatic visa that expires on Tuesday.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-30

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