Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Less than three months before the election in which all the polls predict a defeat for him, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro once again questioned his country's electoral system on Monday, in front of several dozen ambassadors.
We want to fix the flaws. We want transparency, real democracy, said the far-right leader, again attacking the electronic ballot box system.
I am constantly accused of [fomenting a] coup de force. We have time to solve the problem, with the participation of the armed forces, he added.
Mr. Bolsonaro spoke for almost an hour at the Alvorada Palace, in front of the ambassadors invited strictly to listen to him on this subject, in particular from France or Spain.< /p>
The ambassadors of China and Argentina, although important partners of Brazil, had not been invited, for reasons which have not been specified.
Since For months, Jair Bolsonaro has been instilling the idea that the ballot could be fraudulent due to voting by electronic ballot box, without providing the slightest proof in a country where this formula has proven its reliability since 1996.
Without explicitly mentioning Bolsonaro, the President of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Edson Fachin, said in a speech shortly after that the political debate has been limited by narratives that strain society and that there are an unacceptable electoral negationism.
It is time to say "enough" to misinformation. It's also time to say "no" to authoritarian populism, which threatens the achievements of the 1988 Constitution, he added.
President Bolsonaro is largely a loser in October against the left-wing ex-head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. His criticism of the electoral system is meant to set the stage for a contested ballot and possible serious political unrest, analysts fear.
It's a shame that Brazil doesn't have a president calling 50 ambassadors to talk about something the country cares about. […] Instead, he tells lies against our democracy, his opponent Lula wrote on Twitter, shortly after Bolsonaro's meeting with the ambassadors.
During a hearing in the Senate last week, Defense Minister Paulo Sergio Nogueira proposed a parallel vote with a ballot box specially designed to collect paper ballots, the only way to avoid a fraud, according to the president.
We are three months away from the election, the proposal of the armed forces cancels in practice the possibility of manipulation […] We cannot not be faced with an election [organized] in defiance.