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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro once again questioned the Brazilian electoral system on Monday, in front of several dozen ambassadors, less than three months before the presidential election in which all the polls predict him a defeat.
“We want to fix the flaws, we want transparency, real democracy,” said the far-right president, again attacking the system of voting by electronic ballot boxes.
“I am constantly accused of (fomenting a) coup de force. We have time to solve the problem, with the participation of the armed forces”, added the Head of State while making a PowerPoint presentation of the electoral system.
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.
The Chinese ambassadors and Argentina, important partners of Brazil, were not invited, for unspecified reasons.
For months, Jair Bolsonaro has been instilling the idea that the ballot could be fraudulent due to electronic voting, without providing the slightest proof in a country where this formula has demonstrated its reliability since 1996.
M . Bolsonaro was given a very large loser in October against the left-wing ex-head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. His criticism of the electoral system is intended to prepare the ground for a challenge to the ballot box and possible serious political unrest, analysts fear.
At a Senate hearing last week, the minister of Defense Paulo Sergio Nogueira had proposed “a parallel vote” with a ballot box specially intended to collect paper ballots, the only way to avoid fraud, according to the president.
“We are at three months of the election, the proposal of the armed forces cancels in practice the possibility of manipulation […] We cannot be confronted with an election (organized) in defiance”, said the president.