Brazil’s Bolsonaro disputes vote result


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is contesting the election he lost last month to his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, according to a complaint filed with electoral authorities which alleges that votes from certain voting machines should be ” invalidated”.

Bolsonaro’s claim seems unlikely to go far, as Lula’s victory was ratified by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and recognized by Brazil’s top politicians and international allies.

Still, it could fuel a small, committed protest movement that has so far refused to accept the outcome.

Alexandre de Moraes, the Supreme Court judge who heads the TSE, said in a decision seen by Reuters that Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition – which filed the complaint – must present its full audit for both rounds of the vote in last month within 24 hours or it would reject it.

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 signs of serious flaws that generate uncertainties and make it impossible to validate the results generated” in the older models of voting machines, Bolsonaro’s allies said in their complaint.

As a result, they asked that the votes of these models be “invalidated”.

Bolsonaro, a former captain in the far-right army, has claimed for years that the country’s electronic voting system is susceptible to fraud, without providing any supporting evidence.

Brazil’s currency, the real, deepened its losses after the announcement of the election complaint, losing 1.5% against the US dollar in afternoon trading.

He was already suffering from anxieties from investors over Lula’s spending plans and economic policymakers.

Fernando Bergallo, chief operating officer at FB Capital, said Bolsonaro’s bid to challenge the election results probably wouldn’t go far, but would add “pessimism to everything we already have”.

Bolsonaro remained publicly silent for nearly 48 hours after the October 30 election was called and has yet to concede defeat, despite allowing his government to begin preparing for a presidential transition.

One of Brazil’s most visible presences on social media and at public events over the past four years, Bolsonaro has almost disappeared from public view over the past three weeks, with little or no agenda. official or public statements most of the time.

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