Brazil’s President blames bad vibes and even ghosts for driving him from his sumptuous official residence in the capital Brasilia.
Michel Temer, 76, his 33-year-old wife, Marcela, a former beauty queen and their seven-year-old son have decamped from the mordernist palace and moved into a smaller residence, normally occupied by Brazil’s vice-president.
They find the cavernous, glass-fronted building spooky. They said that they didn’t like the atmosphere of the Alvorada Palace. “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?” he reportedly quipped to Veja.
The modernist Alvorada, which means dawn and was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, would be a dream home for many. It has a huge pool, football field, chapel, medical centre and vast lawn. The futuristic-looking building is located on a peninsula jutting out into a lake and was built in the late 1950s.
According to report in Globo newspaper, Marcela Temer brought in a priest to attempt to drive out any evil spirits, but to no avail. Seriously! Why should the ghosts leave the house of luxury?
So the family moved to the smaller Jaburu Palace, which was empty because no one replaced Mr Temer when he was elevated from the vice-presidency to the presidency after former president Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year for breaking budget accounting laws.
The house moving comes in the middle of a severe political crisis for Brazil, with many of Temer’s allies facing potential corruption probes. The President himself is battling a case in the electoral court where he is accused of having benefited from illegal donations when he and Rousseff ran together in 2014.
So, President from Pele’s country has recognized the existence of ghosts! So be aware!