Brazil’s acting President, Michael Temer, has reportedly left the official residence of Brazil with his family because of ghosts. Temer took over from impeached President Dilma Rousseff last year.
The acting President told a Brazilian news magazine that he and his family were leaving the Alvorada Palace because they found it spooky. The family will be going back to the vice-presidential residence of Jaburu Palace where they lived when President Temer was Vice-President.
He told the magazine;
“I felt something strange there. I wasn’t able to sleep right from the first night. The energy wasn’t good.”
“Marcela felt the same thing. Only Michelzinho, who went running from one end to the other, liked it.”
The President then joked that they had begun wondering whether there were ghosts in the modernist palace which was inaugurated in 1958. The President’s eccentric move is coming just as pressure continues to mount against him and other political elites in Brazil who may be embroiled in the ongoing corruption scandal that took down former President Dilma Rousseff.
The probe into the scandal related to the state-run oil company, Petrobras, has resulted in the downfall of numerous politicians who allegedly accepted bribes in return for awarding contracts.
In March 2016, Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained and questioned for three hours in relation to the inquiry. The police said that they had evidence he had received kickbacks due to the scheme. Former President Lula has consistently denied the charges.
Dilma Rousseff was impeached after the Senate found her guilty of breaking the budgetary law. She had allegedly manipulated government figures to mislead people about the true state of the economy, a charge which she denied stating instead that the charges against her were politically motivated.
Brazil’s acting President is himself facing allegations that he benefited from illegal donations when he and Ms. Rousseff ran on the same ticket in 2014. One could argue that the acting President will not feel comfortable wherever he goes with all that hanging over his head.