January 7th, 2020.
After Iranian authorities summoned Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Tehran, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said he is “waiting” for the unfolding of the events before deciding if he will do the same with that country’s representatives in Brazil. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the extradition of Eduardo Fauzi, suspected of taking part in a fire-bomb attack against the office of comedy group Porta dos Fundos. President Bolsonaro expressed his intentions of privatizing state-owned postal service company Correios, but said he is facing difficulties and emphasized the need for support from the legislative branch before being able to move forward on the matter. The city of San Francisco, California, is being plagued by a street defecation problem; the number of incidents has risen exponentially for the past years. Finally, the Spanish parliament confirmed socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as the country’s new prime minister.
Take a look at our highlights.
“I’m waiting,” says Bolsonaro after Iran summons Brazil’s representative
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro says he is “waiting” for the unfolding of the talks after Iran summoned Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Tehran, Maria Cristina Lopes. Today, Bolsonaro said he will have to talk to Foreign Affairs minister Ernesto Araújo, who is currently on vacation, before deciding if he will adopt the same measure with Iran’s diplomatic representatives in Brazil. The summons came after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in which it condemned the attack against the United States embassy in Baghdad, but refused to condemn the killing of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani.
Itamaraty requests extradition of suspected comedy group attacker
Eduardo Fauzi Richard Cerquise, suspected of taking part in a fire-bomb attack against the office of comedy group Porta dos Fundos, is being targeted by an extradition request from Itamaraty, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Russian authorities. According to O Globo, Eduardo claimed he went to Russia to spend Christmas with his son on December 29th, a trip which, according to him, had already been scheduled, and said he will surrender himself to Brazilian authorities by the end of the month. The businessman, who was a member of president Jair Bolsonaro’s party, PSL, until his expelling on Monday, has been identified by CCTV cameras and is being considered a fugitive by Brazilian courts.
Bolsonaro wants to privatize postal service, but mentions “difficulties”
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro recognized he is facing difficulties to privatize public postal service company Correios, as well as other state-owned companies. “Privatizing is not easy. Even with Correios, which we want to privatize, we have been facing difficulties,” he said. He claimed there’s no way of ensuring the company will be sold to the private sector by the end of his term in office. “If I could privatize it today, I would. But I can’t harm Correios servers.” The president also mentioned he needs the support of the legislative branch in order to sell the company, in order to provide control for the Federal Accounting Court and protect the employees’ rights.
San Francisco’s poop problem
Inhabitants of San Francisco, California, have reported over 30 thousand incidents of people defecating on the streets in 2019, according to city records. Until December 23rd, 2019, the city’s Department of Public Works responded to 30,136 cases of “human poop”, a number which surpassed the 28,353 cases reported in 2018, according to a survey made by the Daily Caller News Foundation on the city’s public registry. On average there are 84 cases of “street-pooping” per day. One footage showed a man defecating inside a supermarket and then opening a pack of toilet paper to clean himself. San Francisco supervisor said that the problem is “not funny,” and it is a “national embarrassment.”
Spanish parliament confirms Pedro Sánchez as prime minister
The Spanish parliament has chosen socialist leader Pedro Sánchez to be in charge of a new government, leading a left-wing coalition. The voting held today which confirmed the new prime minister put an end to the political limbo in which Sánchez has been for the past year. The new premier has been chosen by 167 votes against 165, with 18 absentees. Sánchez’s Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE, has been obtaining the majority in the country’s parliament for two years, but so far had been unsuccessful in its attempts of forming a coalition which ensured the party leader’s position as prime minister.