Court rejects application: Bolsonaro fails by contesting the election

Status: 11/24/2022 4:33 am

A few weeks after his defeat in the runoff election for the presidency, Brazil’s incumbent head of state Bolsonaro also lost before the electoral court. It dismissed the contestation of the result.

Brazil’s head of state, Jair Bolsonaro, failed in his appeal against the results of the presidential election at the end of October. The head of Brazil’s electoral court, Alexandre de Moraes, dismissed a lawsuit by Bolsonaro’s party against the runoff, court documents show. The party has not presented any evidence of alleged fraud, he said.

Million fine against applicant

In addition, de Moraes imposed a fine of 23 million reais (about 4.1 million euros) on the applicants. They would have maliciously and irresponsibly started a lawsuit and brought it to justice.

Even before the vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly expressed doubts about the electoral system and indicated that he might not recognize the result. He then lost the runoff election for the presidency on October 30 against left-wing ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. This came to a voting share of 50.9 percent, while Bolsonaro reached 49.1 percent. His supporters then blocked the streets in protest at the result. The head of state himself did not explicitly acknowledge his defeat.

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