Outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is contesting his loss in Brazil’s presidential election and is asking authorities to erase votes cast electronically.
This is written by the news agency AP.
According to Reuters, Bolsonaro has submitted a complaint to the country’s federal electoral body. He has done so because he wants ‘extraordinary verification’ of the election results.
Bolsonaro lost in October to 77-year-old Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The election authority has already recognized that victory.
According to AP, the strongly right-wing Bolsonaro justifies his wish with a software error, which independent experts have previously determined did not affect the result.
Should Bolsonaro get his way, he will be left with 51 percent of the valid votes. This is stated by Marcelo de Bessa, who is the lawyer for the outgoing president.
According to Reuters, however, it is unlikely that the complaint will go through.
The Lula camp calls it a dirty trick
From Lula’s administration, it sounds like Bolsonaro’s complaint is a dirty trick.
“The election has been decided with the votes, and Brazil needs peace to be able to build a better future”, says Gleisi Hoffmann, chairman of Lula’s Workers’ Party.
Many of the outgoing president’s allies have recognized the result, which awards Lula da Silva the victory.
However, protesters in several cities across the country have refused to do the same.
Bolsonaro remained silent for several days after the election results. This led many to fear that he would try to cling to power with the support of the demonstrating supporters.
In the months leading up to the election, he tried to cast doubt on whether the electronic voting machines used in Brazil can be trusted.
As several of Bolsonaro’s allies conceded election defeat, Bolsonaro said he would respect the constitution.
He subsequently approved the start of the process for the transfer of power to Lula da Silva, who will be installed as president on January 1.
However, Bolsonaro has still not unequivocally acknowledged the election result or congratulated Lula da Silva on the victory.
Lula got 50.9 percent of the vote. Bolsonaro got 49.1 percent. It is the closest presidential election in recent times in Brazil.
The incoming president has begun his duties. Most recently, Lula visited the climate summit in Egypt. Here he announced that climate change will be the highest priority in his government.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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