Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle have unfollowed each other on Instagram after he narrowly lost the election to his leftist rival Lula.
The far-right leader has refused to keep quiet about the defeat for fear of disapproval, further cementing his ‘Trump of the Tropics’ reputation.
Hours after the announcement of the result, eagle-eyed observers noticed that Bolsonaro and his wife stopped following each other on Instagram amid rumors of a breakup.
The first lady also did not follow her stepson Carlos, the second son of the president, Carlos Bolsonaro, who is believed to be running his father’s social media.
Bolsonaro has not posted anything online or spoken to reporters since the fall, and his angry supporters have blocked roads and trucks with fire barriers across the country.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle have unfollowed each other on Instagram after he narrowly lost the election to his leftist rival Lula.
Hours after the announcement of the result, eagle-eyed observers noticed that Bolsonaro and his wife were no longer following each other
The first lady dismissed her stepchild Carlos, the second son of the president, Carlos Bolsonaro, who is believed to be in control of his father’s social media.
Speaking on the news, Michelle, 40, posted a message on her Instagram account without following her husband.
He said: “For today’s article about my husband who has deleted me on his Instagram, as Jair explained in many Lives, he does not control his network.
‘My husband and I remain steadfast, united, believing in God and believing in the best for Brazil.
‘We will always be together and love each other in joy and sorrow. May God bless our beloved nation.’
The couple married in 2007, she is Bolsonaro’s third wife, and they share a daughter, Laura.
The president has three sons with his first wife, Rogeria Nantes Braga, and a son with his second wife, Ana Cristina Valle.
Speaking of news, Michelle, 40, posted a message on her Instagram account without following her husband
The couple married in 2007, she is Bolsonaro’s third wife, and they share a daughter Laura
Bolsonaro’s angry supporters have blocked roads with trucks and fire barriers across the country
While at the conference, Bolsonaro hired Michelle as his secretary, received several unexpected promotions, and tripled the salary under his administration.
He then forced himself to be fired for tyranny after the Federal Supreme Court ruled against him.
Ricardo Barros, Bolsonaro’s whip in the lower house of the country, told the Associated Press by phone that he is with the president on Monday, and that the president is “still deciding” what to talk about result of the election.
Much like his political hero Trump, the Brazilian leader has raised many questions about the reliability of the country’s electronic voting system.
At one point he said he had evidence of fraud, although he did not provide any evidence.
Last month, he said that if he didn’t win the first round of the election, it would be strange – even though most polls showed that he was following him.
A meme that became popular earlier on Monday was a picture of a confused Bolsonaro, with the caption, ‘Missing: old man, very talkative, not heard in 12 hours.’
Pro-Bolsonaro truckers have set up roadblocks across the country to protest Lula’s return to power. Some truckers posted videos calling for attacks on soldiers
Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro protest against the military intervention outside the military command center in Sao Paulo on October 31
The truckers – who have benefited from Bolsonaro’s reduction in diesel prices – are one of the president’s key constituencies, and they have been known to disrupt Brazil’s economy when they block highways.
Former president Lula defeated Bolsonaro by the narrowest margin in Brazilian history – 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent – to return for a third term.
Pro-Bolsonaro trucks and protesters have blocked roads in at least 11 states across the country, burning tires and cars in the middle of the road to block traffic.
Wearing the yellow and green of the Brazilian flag – which the foreign president has adopted as his own – protesters held pro-Bolsonaro signs and sang the national anthem, before broken by the authorities in some places.
On Monday night, Judge Alexander de Moraes of the Supreme Court ordered the police to continue to disperse the blockades.
He was working at the request of a transportation group that was complaining that it was losing business.
Supporters of president-elect Luiz listen to his speech in Paulista Street after he won the presidential election.
A protester waves a Brazilian flag as truck drivers and supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro block a road.
Some of Bolsonaro’s allies have been acutely aware of his illness, including the powerful speaker of the lower house of Congress, Arthur Lira.
International tributes poured in for Lula from America, China, India, France, Britain, South Africa and others.
Lula, who previously led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, criticized his opponent on Sunday night for not accepting the result.
‘Everywhere in the world, the fallen president calls me to acknowledge his defeat,’ he said in his victory speech to a euphoric sea of red-clad supporters in Sao Paulo.
The former metal worker, who has made a controversial comeback since denying corruption charges that saw him jailed for 18 months, vowed to work for ‘peace and unity’ in a divided country.
Easier said than done, political analysts say.
“It was a very small victory (that left) half of the population unhappy,” said political scientist Leandro Consentino of the Insper university in Sao Paulo.
‘Lula needs to show political skills to calm the country.’