Defeated far-right-leaning President Jair Bolsonaro today launched a last-ditch effort to try to nullify the result of elections in Brazil that saw President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva win.
Bolsonaro is pressing the head of the Liberal Party (PL), Valdemar Costa Neto, “for a new action that aims to heat the streets,” according to columnist Paulo Capelli from the Metropol portal, demanded by supporters.
As the standard-bearer of the PL seeking re-election, the ex-soldier was defeated in a second round of suffrage on 30 October against Lula, the candidate for power from the Workers’ Party. Silence, according to Capelli
The former army captain “devised new tactics to avoid Lula’s capture,” received authorization for the position at the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) on 12 December and will take office on 1 January.
Now, the journalist noted, the head of state is pressuring Costa Neto to take court action, requesting new elections alleging fraud. The text states, “More than any legal effectiveness, the measure seeks to inflame the streets and demonstrate a willingness to attack.”
The piece Bolsonaro wants the PL to present will invoke Article 14 of the federal constitution, which deals with “popular sovereignty” and “universal suffrage”.
And I will cite Article 10, which reads: «The electoral mandate is challenged before the Electoral Court within 15 days from the date of the certificate (alternative victory certified in the TSE), after filing an action with evidence of abuse of economic power Could be corruption or fraud.”
Despite coercion, Costa Neto is reluctant to put into practice what the former paratrooper wants, the columnist indicates, and “attempts to dissuade Bolsonaro from the idea of mounting any movement for institutional breakdown and force him to contest elections”. tries to persuade.” in 2026″.
PL Holder assesses that he sufficiently exposed himself when he filed an action based on an audit contracted by the political organization questioning the electronic ballot box.
As a result, the party was ordered by the TSE to pay a one-million-dollar fine, as it was deemed an operation in bad faith.
Members of Bolsonaro’s base in Congress confirm that the president appears to be “without answers” and has not clearly stated what he intends to do since his failure in the election.
Capelli assured that the ruler’s son, legislator Flavio Bolsonaro, told his column that “a military coup was never considered.”