After determining a change in command, Bolsonaro returns to deny interference and says he demands transparency and predictability
The president Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) resumed attacks on Petrobras this Monday, 22, and again affirmed that there is no interference in the state-owned company, despite the fact that he determined the departure of the current president, Roberto Castello Branco, and to appoint general Joaquim Silva e Luna, current general director of Itaipu Binacional, for the post. “They speak of my interference. Lowered the price of fuel? It was announced 15% on diesel, 10% on gasoline. Lowered the percentage? Isn’t it worth the same percentage? How was there interference? What I want from Petrobras, I demand, is transparency and predictability ”, said the president to a group of supporters in front of the Palácio da Alvorada. The shares of the state-owned company plummeted more than 21% in the beginning of the week with the increase of distrust in the management of Petrobras. The president stated that the price policy serves the “interests of some groups”, making new criticisms of the financial market. “Is the oil ours or does it belong to a small group in Brazil? Nobody is going to interfere with Petrobras’ pricing policy, ”he said. “March 20 ends the term of the current president. It is my right to renew it or not. It will not be reappointed. What’s the problem? It is a sign that some in the financial market are very happy with the policy that only has a bias at Petrobras, serving the interests of some groups in Brazil, nothing more than that, ”he said.
The new readjustment in gasoline and diesel prices, published by the state company last Thursday, 18, was the trigger for the current crisis in the government. Petrobras justifies the frequent increases in the appreciation of oil in the international market and the surge in the dollar. In 2021 alone, the company has already announced four changes in the value of gasoline and three for diesel. “I cannot understand within two weeks to have a 15% increase in diesel. That was not the assessment of the dollar outside, the dollar inside, nor the price of a barrel outside. So there is something there that has to be explained. I do not ask, I demand transparency from those who are subordinate to me. Petrobras is no different than that, ”he said.
Bolsonaro also resumed the attacks on the current president and said that changes in the company’s salary policy should occur. “Does anyone know how much the president of Petrobras earns? Does anyone have any idea? Kick, very high. 50 thousand a week? It’s more than that a week. So, there are things that are not right. I don’t want him to earn 10,000 a month either. You have to be a qualified person, but not have that kind of salary policy in there ”. As on Saturday, 20, the former captain also criticized the social isolation measures adopted by the board since last year. “The current president of Petrobras has been at home for 11 months, without working. It works remotely. Now the boss has to be in front, as well as his directors. So this is unacceptable to me. ”