Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that “one or two” judges of the Supreme Court “will not decide the fate” of the country, referring to the institutional crisis caused by his campaign to discredit the current electronic electoral system.
“We will do everything for our freedom, for a clean democratic election. Elections other than what I said are not elections. For more than a year I have been warning that we have to have clean elections in Brazil. Don’t keep harassing us, you don’t want to threaten us. He is with God and with The people who have power,” CNN Brazil reported, the Brazilian head of state, in a speech to hundreds of supporters in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina state, in southern Brazil.
“No one or two Supreme Court justices will decide the fate of a nation. Who is voted and who has legitimacy in addition to the president is the National Congress,” Bolsonaro was quoted as saying by Efe news agency.
Bolsonaro’s statement includes implicit references to Justices Luis Roberto Barroso, who is also the President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), and Alexandre de Moraes, a member of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
On Monday, the Electoral Court opened an investigation against the next head of state Bolsonaro’s persistent, never proven, attacks on the electronic voting system, which has been in operation since 1996, which, in his opinion, allows for “fraudulent” elections.
In parallel, Moraes Bolsonaro has been included in the list of defendants in a case pending in the Supreme Court since 2019, regarding Spreading fake news on social networks against democratic institutions.
Despite pressure from the judges, Bolsonaro returned on Saturday to criticize the electoral authorities, noting that they want to favor former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) in the presidential election scheduled for 2022.
Jair Bolsonaro said: “Those who do not want a recount can be anything but democrats. Anyone who is not a democrat has no place in our Brazil.”
“Don’t think that the nine-fingered thief and his friends are going to count the votes inside a secret room,” the online portal UOL quoted the Brazilian president as saying, referring to the fact that Lula da Silva lost the finger and the investigation was never completed on possible cyber fraud in the 2018 election. , which was denied by the Association of Criminal Experts of the Federal Police.
“I have limits. Some think they own the world. They will break their faces. Don’t keep harassing us, you don’t want to hurt us,” Bolsonaro threatened.
According to the latest opinion polls, Lula is the favorite to win the presidential elections next year, ahead of Bolsonaro, whose popularity has declined in recent months as a result of the economic and health crises.
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