The ex-president is facing an insurrection probe back home
FILE PHOTO: Former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, center, meets with supporters outside a vacation home where he is staying near Orlando, Florida, January 4, 2023 © Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel via AP
Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who flew to Florida the night before his term in office ended on December 31, is in no hurry to return home amid an investigation into whether he had any role in inciting riots in Brasilia. He has reportedly sought a tourist visa that would enable him to remain in the US for six months.
The former leader “devoted 34 years of his life to public service” and would “like to take some time off,” his lawyer, Felipe Alexandre, told the BBC in a statement on Monday.
Bolsonaro allegedly entered the US on an A-1 visa for diplomats and heads of state, which is set to expire on Tuesday because he’s no longer on official business. After skipping the inauguration of his leftist rival and successor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Bolsonaro has been staying in Orlando, Florida, at the home of Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Jose Aldo.