Brazil’s Bolsonaro to receive pension as ex-lawmaker

December 2, 2022 GMT
FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to speak from his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 1, 2022. Bolsonaro, who was beaten by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October's presidential election, is receiving a pension for the years he spent as a lawmaker on top of the pension he receives as a former army captain. A document signed on Nov. 30th by Lower House speaker Arthur Lira, and published on Friday, Dec. 2, says Bolsonaro will receive an equivalent to 30 thousand reais (about US$ 5,800) per month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to speak from his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 1, 2022. Bolsonaro, who was beaten by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October's presidential election, is receiving a pension for the years he spent as a lawmaker on top of the pension he receives as a former army captain. A document signed on Nov. 30th by Lower House speaker Arthur Lira, and published on Friday, Dec. 2, says Bolsonaro will receive an equivalent to 30 thousand reais (about US$ 5,800) per month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was beaten by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October’s presidential election, is receiving a pension for the years he spent as a lawmaker on top of the pension he receives as a former army captain.

Bolsonaro, who leaves office on Jan. 1, had previously refused to receive the legislative pension, which is allowed under Brazilian law. The far-right leader was a federal legislator from 1991 until he assumed the presidency in 2018.

But a document signed on Nov. 30 by Lower House speaker Arthur Lira, and published on Dec. 2, says he will now receive an amount equivalent to 30 thousand reais (about US$ 5,800) per month.

According to the document, starting Nov. 30, Bolsonaro has the right to 32.5% of the parliamentary allowance, with an extra 57% of the salary attributed to lawmakers and senators. Nowadays, lawmakers gain about 34 thousand reais (US$ 6,500) per month.

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In 2023, it will be the first time in more than 30 years that Bolsonaro doesn’t hold a public position. He will likely continue being a member of the Liberal Party, but it’s still unclear what position inside the party he will hold. He could earn money from that position.

As a retired Army captain - he was in the military until 1988 when he was elected councilor for the city of Rio de Janeiro - Bolsonaro also receives almost 12,000 reais (US$ 2,300) per month.

After he leaves the presidency, he’ll have the right by law to four government officials and two drivers with official presidential cars.