Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke to supporters on Friday and reassured then that he remains in charge of the country’s armed forces.
The outgoing president also asserted that the military would side with the people as his opponent’s election certification looms.
“The armed forces are the last obstacle to socialism. I am sure they are united. They owe loyalty to the people and respect for the Constitution. And they are responsible for our freedom,” Bolsonaro told supporters, according to Brazilian news outlet Metrópoles.
“Who decides where I go are you. Who decides which way the armed forces go are you,” Bolsonaro told the crowd.
“Unlike other people, we are going to win,” he said, adding, “nothing is lost.”
The address to supporters comes after weeks of protests as Brazilians contested their stolen election, where the questionable results showed a victory for socialist President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
This also comes days after the Army, in an unusual move, invaded favelas of Rio de Janeiro and killed top leaders of the Comando Vermelho (Red Command) drug cartel, which supports Silva, who was previously convicted and jailed for money laundering and corruption.