Bolsonaro faces tough interrogation over Brazilian military’s purchase of Viagra | Brazil

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Opponents of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are demanding answers after it was revealed that the country’s armed forces had splashed tens of thousands of impotence pills.

“We need to understand why the Bolsonaro administration is spending public money to buy such large quantities of Viagra,” lawmaker Elias Vaz said after Brazilian media reported the apparently unorthodox acquisitions on Monday.

The Navy and Air Force – which between them allegedly bought more than 30,000 pills – offered an innocent explanation: the drug was supposed to be used to treat pulmonary hypertension.

However, many were unconvinced. An article in the O Globo newspaper suggested that purchased doses were generally used to treat penises, not blood pressure.

“How do you feel knowing that we even pay for Viagra for the armed forces?” Brazilian singer Zélia Duncan questioned her to hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. “I feel helpless,” one replied.

Rio Congressman Marcelo Freixo said he would ask the prosecutor to investigate the erectile “outrage”. “The Bolsonaro administration was hesitant to buy Covid vaccines but approved the overpriced purchase of 35,000 Viagra pills for the armed forces,” Freixo complained on Twitter.

Workers’ Party (PT) President Gleisi Hoffman denounced the “crazy criminal spending” and accused Bolsonaro of destroying the credibility of the military.

Ciro Gomes, a center-left politician who hopes to challenge Bolsonaro in the October presidential election, said while the armed forces deserved respect, their procurement services seemed determined to demoralize the military.

“Unless they are able to prove that they are developing some kind of secret weapon – capable of revolutionizing the international arms industry – it will be difficult to justify buying 35,000 units of a erectile dysfunction drug,” Gomes said. opined.

He added: “It is no coincidence that this nonsense takes place under the government of a president…who systematically acts to dishonor the troupe.

Bolsonaro, 67, is a former army captain and paratrooper who has filled his cabinet with the military and has repeatedly hinted that he would be prepared to carry out a military “intervention” against Brazil’s democratic institutions. Last year, Bolsonaro ordered what critics called a “banana republic-style” military parade outside his presidential palace in an apparent attempt to project force and intimidate his enemies.

Political observers have called the army’s “Viagra frenzy” an embarrassment for a populist president who frequently brags about his alleged manhood, referring to himself as “imbrochável”. The word roughly translates into English as “unfloppable” or “flaccid-proof”.

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