Brazil pres­i­dent moves out of of­fi­cial home after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sleep­less nights

New Straits Times - - World - AFP

PRES­I­DENT Michel Te­mer blames bad vibes and even ghosts for driv­ing him from his sump­tu­ous of­fi­cial res­i­dence in the cap­i­tal Brasilia, a news weekly re­ported on Satur­day.

Te­mer sur­prised pol­i­tics watch­ers this week with the rev­e­la­tion that he has de­camped from the Alvo­rada Palace, and moved with his for­mer beauty queen wife and 7-year-old son down the road to the smaller vice-pres­i­den­tial res­i­dence.

The Alvo­rada, which means “dawn”, and was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Os­car Niemeyer, would be a dream home for many. It has a huge pool, foot­ball field, chapel, med­i­cal cen­tre and a vast lawn.

But Te­mer, 76, and his wife, Marcela, 33, find the cav­ernous, glass-fronted build­ing spooky.

“I felt some­thing strange there. I wasn’t able to sleep right from the first night. The en­ergy wasn’t good,” Te­mer was quoted as say­ing by Veja.

“Marcela felt the same thing. Only (their son) Michelz­inho, who went run­ning from one end to the other, liked it. We even started to won­der: could there be ghosts?”

Globo news­pa­per said Marcela brought in a priest to drive out any evil spir­its, but to no avail.

The Te­mers then moved to the still lux­u­ri­ous, but smaller, Jaburu Palace nearby. Te­mer knows it well. This was his res­i­dence when he served as vice-pres­i­dent un­til last year, when then pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff was im­peached for break­ing bud­get ac­count­ing laws.

No one filled the vice-pres­i­den­tial post, mean­ing he can now take his pick of palaces.


WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer (in­set) blames bad vibes and ghosts for driv­ing him from his of­fi­cial res­i­dence, Alvo­rada Palace, in Brasilia.

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