Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has questioned the election he lost last month to his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arguing that votes from some machines should be “invalidated” in a complaint that electoral authorities met with initial skepticism. It seems unlikely that Bolsonaro’s claim will go far, since Lula’s victory has been ratified by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and recognized by Brazil’s top politicians and their international allies. Still, it could fuel a small but committed protest movement that has so far refused to accept the outcome.
Alexandre de Moraes, the Supreme Court magistrate who currently heads the TSE, said in a ruling seen by Reuters that Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition, which filed the complaint, must submit its full audit for both rounds of last month’s voting. within 24 hours. Or I would reject it. Brazil’s currency deepened losses after the news of the electoral complaint, closing 1.3% weaker against the US dollar. The currency was already suffering from investor concerns about Lula’s spending plans and economic policy makers.
Fernando Bergallo, the head of operations at FB Capital, was one of many who said Bolsonaro’s attempt to challenge the election results seemed unlikely to go far, but that it would add “pessimism to everything we already have.” Gleisi Hoffmann, president of Lula’s Workers’ Party (PT), described Bolsonaro’s electoral denunciation as a “trap.”
“No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to institutions and democracy,” he wrote on Twitter. “The election was decided by vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future.” The Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), a traditional rival of the PT, called Bolsonaro’s complaint “nonsensical” and tweeted that it would be resisted “by the institutions, the international community and Brazilian society.”
Bolsonaro’s coalition said its audit of the Oct. 30 runoff between Bolsonaro and Lula found “signs of irreparable malfunction” in some electronic voting machines. “There were indications of serious flaws that generate uncertainties and make it impossible to validate the results generated” in older models of voting machines, Bolsonaro’s allies said in their complaint. Consequently, they urged that the votes of those models be “invalidated”.
Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has claimed for years that the country’s electronic voting system is susceptible to fraud, without providing supporting evidence. Bolsonaro remained publicly silent for nearly 48 hours after the election was called on October 30 and has yet to concede defeat, though he has authorized his government to begin preparing for a presidential transition.
Bolsonaro, one of Brazil’s most visible presences on social media and at public events for the past four years, has all but disappeared from public view in the last three weeks, with little to no formal agenda or public statements on most days. the days.
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