Jair Bolsonaro is preparing a new attack against Petrobras.
Candidate for re-election, he wants to alleviate the electoral burden of unregulated fuel prices and its impact on the economy as a whole.
Since the government has lost its compass or is limited in managing inflation, Bolsonaro understands that the most convenient option is to blame Petrobras, controlled by unions including more than 700,000 private partners, including Brazilians and foreigners.
He went on to try to turn the company into one of the great villains of the election season – and, by the way, the opposition.
“We expect change in people,” he said yesterday. He did not disclose any, but did mention a change of director. The company has about two hundred chief executives, three of whom were presidents during the three-year term of the Bolsonaro government.
He dreams of Petrobras, voluntarily using his own cash to reduce prices for consumers of cooking gas, petrol and diesel.
In a series of meetings at the Planalto Palace, two former presidents, Roberto Castello Branco and Joachim Silva e Luna, explained to him that this would lead to hatred. They argued that the experience of reducing the price of derivatives during the Dilma Rousseff government was a financial disaster. Bolsonaro always said after meetings that he was sure. He then fired the executives.
“We hope,” he said yesterday, “that Brazil wants to reduce fuel prices.” He added: “I am making it very clear that in the case of Petrobras it is provided by law that it must play its social role in fuel prices.”
It remains the dream of a voluntary “contribution” from the company, from which it will directly benefit the election campaign. The reality, however, is much more complex: it requires an “agreement” from minority partners, domestic and foreign.
Unsurprisingly, OPEC has slashed global prices to meet the plight of the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate in Brazil.
Surrendering to reality, Bolsonaro plans to make a definite impact on the election campaign with such an initiative on the other front, the judiciary, against Petrobras.
In Planlato’s legal framework, the Central Committee for Re-election, including a presidential decree for an order from the Attorney General’s Office, analyzes fuel price increase decisions and links them to previous agreements between government and regulatory bodies. Case National Petroleum Agency.
To this end, a form of sectoral exceptional governance will be declared in the form of a threat to the balance of the national economy.
No final decision has been made yet, but debate is still raging between the AGU, the Civil House, the economy and the governing body in Congress.
The rivalry for justice continues to be automatic – if the formula for negotiation is adopted – but it is already “priced” to the point of a final defeat in the Federal Supreme Court on the political account of the government and Bolsonaro’s campaign.
“We have to go to court,” he said yesterday. “We know that when I appeal, it’s almost impossible for me to win – that’s when the vote is cast.”
What matters most in the campaign strategy is not the chimera – the reduction in the price of petroleum products in the President’s stroke – but the immediate reaction to the noise, unrest and voters.
Following the announcement of “privatization”, a legal and public fight against the villain company and the profits of “spending” on cooking gas, diesel and petrol consumers could help cloud the reality of a double-digit government (11% inflation, 12% unemployment and 12.7%). % Interest) which weakens the candidate for re-election, according to the poll.