The governors of the 27 Brazilian states today assumed the mandate for those who were elected last October at events in which at least twelve of the regional leaders expressed their support for the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, who on Tuesday swore as the new president of Brazil.
Among the governors who took advantage of the investiture acts in the regional legislative assemblies to express their support to the captain of the reserve of the Army and leader of the extreme right, those of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, the three most populated and rich states, stood out from Brazil.
Many of the governors also anticipated their respective ceremonies of taking possession to be able to travel to Brasilia and attend the investiture of Bolsonaro.
Of the twelve governors who have expressed support for the Bolsonaro government, the most important are the businessman Joao Doria, who will govern Sao Paulo; the ex-judge Wilson Witzel, the new governor of Rio de Janeiro, and the businessman Romeu Zema, who will be the owner of Minas Gerais.
Doria, leader of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), aligned himself with the extreme right since the election campaign, which generated criticism from his co-religionists, while Witzel and Zema are newbies in politics postulated by small parties and whose victories they were driven by the wave in favor of Bolsonaro.
The most emphatic in his inaugural speech in defense of the far right was Doria, a stranger in politics until two years ago when he was elected mayor of Sao Paulo and now appears as a possible candidate for the Presidency in 2022 by the PSDB.
The businessman said he will support all Bolsonaro initiatives that contribute to the country's growth, among which the reform of the pension and retirement system.
"We are going, yes, to support the president's initiatives and I say this so that there are no doubts, especially those that result in the country's progress, in generating jobs and wealth for Brazil and Brazilians," said the state governor. populated, rich and industrialized country.
Doria added that he will work with Bolsonaro to seek foreign investments for Brazil and Sao Paulo.
"If Sao Paulo grows, Brazil will also grow, that will be our greatest contribution to the new Government, if Jair Bolsonaro is a great president, it will be good for Brazil and the Brazilians," he added.
The new governor of Rio also took on promises of support for the management of Bolsonaro in the tax reforms and the retirement regime, as well as in the measures adopted to fight with firmness the criminal organizations.
The new governor of Minas Gerais, on the other hand, clarified that he did not travel to Brasilia to attend the investiture of Bolsonaro to give an example of fiscal austerity, but that he will fully support it.
"I will be by your side and making strength for the Bolsonaro government, whose agenda is very similar to ours: we want a government that spends less to over resources for what is important, which is health, education and security" said Zema.
Despite the fact that the Liberal Social Party (PSL), the tiny formation that nominated the far right to the Presidency, only won three governorships, nine other governors elected by center and right parties announced support for Bolsonaro even in his electoral campaigns.
The PSL militants who assumed today as governors in their respective states were Carlos Moisés da Silva, a military fireman known as Comandante Moisés and who will govern the state of Santa Catarina; the retired police "Comandante" Marcos Rocha, who took over in Rondonia, and the businessman Antonio Denarium, the new governor of Roraima.
In addition to the governors of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, the other six that also expressed support for the far right are those of Amazonas, Wilson Lima; Goiás, Ronaldo Caiado; Mato Grosso do Sul, Reinaldo Azambuja; Mato Grosso, Mauro Mendes; Paraná, Ratinho Junior; and Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite.
Four others, those of Amapá (Waldez Góes), Pará (Helder Barbalho), Espíritu Santo (Renato Casagrande) and Tocantins (Mauro Carlesse), remained neutral during the campaign but have admitted that they can support Bolsonaro in projects of interest to all Brazil.
The only ones who have made it clear that they will be opposed are the eight from the northeastern region of Brazil, the poorest in the country and an electoral bastion of the Workers' Party (PT), the formation led by imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and who governed the largest South American economy for 13 years.
The governors who will oppose Bolsonaro will be those of Bahia, Rui Costa; Ceará, Camilo Santana; Piauí, Wellington Dias; Rio Grande do Norte, Fatima Bezerra; Pernambuco, Paulo Cámara; Paraíba, Joao Azevedo; Maranhao, Flávio Dino; and Sergipe, Belivaldo Chagas.