The Supreme Court has ruled President Jair Bolsonaro to face an inquiry into the claims of the Brazilian electoral system marred by fraud.
A Brazilian Supreme Court ruling has ruled that President Jair Bolsonaro should be investigated for making unsubstantiated claims that Brazil’s electronic voting system is riddled with fraud, adding the far-right leader to an ongoing poll on the spread of false news by his government.
Wednesday’s decision by Judge Alexandre de Moraes came after Bolsonaro intensified his long-standing attacks on the Brazilian voting system, claiming without evidence that it was massacred by widespread fraud.
Bolsonaro, who is below increasing pressure amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen a recent decline in popularity, he said there will be no presidential elections next year as planned if the system is not revised.
He led a push to have printed paper receipts after the electronic elections were held in next year’s contest elections, and thousands of his supporters gathered in Brazilian cities last year to support their demand.
But senior judges and other experts in the South American nation have it refused Bolsonaro’s statement, saying that the electronic voting system introduced in Brazil in 1996 is fraud-free.
Critics have accused the far-right leader of seeking to sow doubt ahead of the election in order to contest the results. Recent polls show Bolsonaro following former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who should challenge him at the polls.
Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court said Monday it will investigate the president for abuse of office, misuse of official communication channels, corruption, fraud and other potential crimes in his attacks on electronic voting.
Ma Bolsonaro pick up a day later, saying he refused to be intimidated and that Brazil was under “internal attack.”
“I will continue to exercise my right to freedom of expression, to criticize, to listen and above all to respond to the will of the people,” he told supporters outside the presidential palace.
Bolsonaro, a skeptical COVID-19 Anyone who has refused calls to impose strict lock-in measures to curb the spread of the virus has faced mass protests demanding his impeachment as Brazil was devastated by the pandemic.
A committee of the Brazilian Senate in April launched an investigation in the government’s management of the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 558,400 people to date, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Bolsonaro has already faced it accusations of corruption, and questions about alleged irregularities in that of the state procurement of COVID-19 vaccines from India. The president denied any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Ciro Nogueira, Bolsonaro’s incoming chief of staff, said the government will relaunch an ambitious social program to fight hunger and poverty ahead of next year’s elections.
Bolsonaro, who was sworn in in Nogueira as his closest aide on Wednesday, said he plans to increase the benefits of the popular social program Bolsa Familia by at least 50 percent and rename it Auxilio Brasil.
The old cash distribution, first introduced by Lula, benefits millions of poor Brazilians, who have it. faced increased poverty during the pandemic.
Bolsonaro has brought Nogueira, a center-right Progressive Party leader, into his cabinet to show his support for Congress as he prepares for the 2022 elections. “His nomination shows that the government wants a better relationship with Congress, ”the president said.