President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) took the day off and did not work this Friday (24). Until 15:00, the head of the Executive did not register any official appointment registered in his agenda available on the website of the Presidency of the Republic.
In isolation recommended by Anvisa to contain the spread of covid-19 from members of the Brazilian delegation at the UN General Assembly, in the United States, where he spoke on Tuesday (21), Bolsonaro remains at Palácio da Alvorada.
In the days following his arrival in Brazil, the president held meetings via videoconference. On Thursday (23), he even addressed the inauguration of Augusto Aras at the Attorney General’s Office. This Friday, however, he even gave up appointments made online.
The option for the day off in the middle of the economic crisis deepens the statistics of hours worked by the president on Fridays revealed by Brasil de Fato in an article published in August.
At the time, the proportion of presidential “sixths” before business hours corresponded to 85% of Fridays in 2021. Now, the rate has reached almost 90%.
Since the beginning of the year, Bolsonaro has closed working hours before 6 pm on 33 of 38 Fridays. The survey of the report considered the closing time of the last meeting made by the agent.
The systematization methodology did not consider two services and two dinners attended by the president that were added by Bolsonaro’s personal office to the official agenda, and which were concluded after 6 pm on Friday, as well as air and ground travel.
In recent months, Bolsonaro has used the last days of the week to travel to other states. On some occasions, it moves early on Friday. In others, just at the end of the day.
In the other three opportunities that the president did not even work on Fridays in 2021, two were holidays (Finados and Corpus Christi). On August 20, a business day, Bolsonaro did not record any official appointments. January 1st, New Year’s holiday, was not considered.
“Need a vacation”
On August 25, in a conversation with supporters in the playpen at the Palácio da Alvorada, the president stated that he “wants to take a vacation”. The comment came after a supporter said the phrase “Bolsonaro forever”.
A report from Capital Letter published in July showed that the president worked, on average, less than three hours a day in June. For eight days, Bolsonaro had no appointments on the official agenda, the magazine pointed out.
A Twitter page called “Agenda do Jair” monitors the president’s appointments posted in his official calendar. Due to the irrelevance of certain commitments fulfilled by the president, administrators identify him as a “federal councilor”.
O robô denominado “O Presidente trabalhou hoje?”, com nome de usuário @bot_agenda_pr, também no Twitter, diariamente calcula as horas trabalhadas por Bolsonaro e divulga na rede social.
Edition: Anelize Moreira