President canceled appointments he would have on the afternoon of Thursday 18, minutes after the announcement of the death of Major Olímpio, with whom he had a close relationship
The president Jair Bolsonaro canceled this Thursday, 18, the visit he would make to the National Congress for a ceremony with the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco. The announcement was made minutes after the announcement of the death of Senator Major Olímpio (PSL-SP) by Covid-19. Major Olímpio was admitted to a private hospital in the city of São Paulo and was intubated for the first time on March 6. He is the third senator to die from the disease since the pandemic began. Despite having shared a political party and supported Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 elections, the Major criticized the president’s actions throughout 2020 and even ran for president of the Senate in opposition to the favorite of the Planalto Palace, but gave up the race to support Simone Tebet. In a note, the National Congress decreed an official 24-hour mourning for what happened. So far, President Jair Bolsonaro has not officially commented on the death of the congressman.