Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suffered a defeat in Congress, failing to alter the nation’s digital voting system to 1 with a paper poll. The chief has claimed the present system could be manipulated.
On Tuesday night, 229 out of 519 members of the decrease home of Congress voted in favor of Bolsonaro’s proposed constitutional modification. The proposed reform – which Bolsonaro sought to alter from an digital system to 1 with a paper path – wanted a three-fifths majority of 308 to cross.
Bolsonaro, a former navy officer, had repeatedly insulted the top of the Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court docket, Luis Roberto Barroso, in his push for the reform, accusing him of being biased in direction of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – the leftist former president who’s Bolsonaro’s possible principal opposition in subsequent 12 months’s elections.
The transfer by Bolsonaro to plant seeds of doubt across the integrity of Brazil’s voting system has been in contrast by The New York Occasions and different media to former US President Donald Trump’s controversial election fraud claims late final 12 months following his loss to Joe Biden. The Brazilian chief’s critics say he’s making ready to dispute an election loss to Lula da Silva.
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He has even threatened that there might be no elections subsequent 12 months if “they’re not free and democratic.”
In a latest speech, Justice Barroso stated that to “defile” the general public debate with “disinformation, lies, hatred and conspiracy theories is undemocratic conduct.”
Barroso, who Bolsonaro at one level referred to as a “son of b**ch” throughout a stay social media broadcast, referenced the political conditions in Turkey, Hungary and Nicaragua, the place he stated it had turn out to be widespread for leaders to “deconstruct, brick by brick, the pillars of democracy.”
The present voting system in Brazil permits residents to forged their votes by means of digital voting, and not using a paper path. This has been the system since 2000 and it’s typically thought of reliable, although some legislators have been making an attempt to introduce necessary paper ballots for years.
After profitable within the first spherical within the 2018 election, however failing to safe sufficient votes to keep away from a second spherical, Bolsonaro took problem with the voting system, claiming issues with the digital methodology.
Earlier than the vote in Congress on Tuesday, Brazil’s navy placed on a controversial show of pressure with a parade of troops and armored automobiles exterior the presidential palace and the Congress. The navy said that the demonstration, consisting of dozens of military automobiles and lots of of troopers, had been deliberate for months. However critics accused the militaristic president of intimidation techniques.
Omar Aziz, the president of a senate probe into the federal government’s Covid-19 response, informed the media the show was “a transparent try to intimidate lawmakers and opponents. Bolsonaro imagines he’s displaying power, however he’s displaying a president weakened by investigations.”
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