Brazilian president leaves palace after exorcist fails to drive out 'evil spirits'

Brazilian President Michel Temer and his family have decided to leave the presidential palace just two weeks after they arrived over fears that the place was haunted.

(REUTERS / Adriano Machado)Brazil's President Michel Temer gestures during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 7, 2017.

In an interview with Veja magazine, President Temer said he and his family left the Alvorada Palace because the energy in the place "wasn't good." The Brazilian leader also revealed that they tried to get a priest to dispel the "evil spirits," but to no avail.

As of now, the presidential couple will be staying at the vice-president's home, their place of residence since 2011 before Dilma Rouseff was impeached.

Temer is not the first national leader to have admitted in public that the presidential palace he is living in is haunted. In an interview with SVT earlier this year, Sweden's Queen Silvia said the ancient Drottningholm Palace has ghosts but also said the spirits there are friendly.

"There's a lot of history here. There are also little friends... the ghosts. They're all very friendly, but you sometimes feel like you aren't alone," Queen Silvia said in an SVT documentary. "Come and feel it for yourself, go around here when it is dark and the like. It's very exciting."

Princess Christina, the sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf, agrees with Queen Silvia. She concurred that all old houses have ghosts. She also said the structure contains a lot of energy that manifests itself through "sounds and shapes."

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also shares the same belief and fear of ghosts, albeit jokingly. When asked last year if he plans to live in the Malacañang palace, the tough-talking leader told Rappler he does not want to stay there because of the existence of many ghosts.

According to Duterte, he was still a consultant for law and order under former President Gloria Arroyo when he was called to wait for the latter at 2 a.m. at the sitting area. He said an odd feeling swept over him and saw that all the figures on the portraits were looking at him.