News of Vaccine Bribe Puts Pressure on Bolsonaro Government

Under pressure, president waves to Congress and says he won't be hit by lies or 'CPI of crooks'


Jair Bolsonaro's aides are strategizing how to shield the president from recent accusations against his government over vaccination contracts. The constant crises have hit one of his electoral promises—that there would be no irregularities in his administration.

Bolsonaro ignored the accusation of offering bribes in the purchase of vaccine and stated this Wednesday (30) that lies will not get him out of the Planalto Palace, referring to Senate pandemic investigation in the Senate as "CPI of criminals."

(210629) -- BRASILIA, 29 junio, 2021 (Xinhua) -- President Jair Bolsonaro. (Xinhua/Lucio Tavora)

Privately, presidential advisors are criticizing Bolsonaro's delay in reacting to turmoil, especially those involving the Covid CPI in the Senate.

Faced with the worsening crisis involving the purchase of vaccines, the president began to avoid even his supporters, who sometimes put him in a tight spot with delicate questions.

In a nod to Congress on the day that a super request for impeachment against him was filed in the Chamber, the president thanked the partnership in the approval of projects that he called "friends of the Legislative Power."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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