Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gives a press statement at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil November 1, 2022. (Reuters/Adriano Machado/File Photo)
BRASILIA— The head of Brazil’s electoral court Alexandre de Moraes on Wednesday rejected a complaint from President Jair Bolsonaro’s allies to challenge the presidential election, which the incumbent lost by a small margin, according to a court document.
Leftist ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated Bolsonaro in the Oct. 30 runoff election, marking a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and the end of Brazil’s most right-wing government in decades.
Lula’s margin of victory was by less than two percentage points
Moraes, who serves as a Supreme Court justice, also fined the parties in Bolsonaro’s coalition to the tune of 22.9 million reais ($4.27 million) for what the court described as bad faith litigation, the document showed.
On Tuesday, Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party (PL) filed a complaint to challenge the outcome of the election claiming some of the electronic voting machines were flawed and those votes should be invalidated, an argument that election authorities met with skepticism.
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BRASILIA, BRAZIL – Brazil’s government-elect of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will revoke decrees made by President Jair Bolsonaro that have eased access to firearms and is considering banning or taxing guns when it takes office in January, a senior Lula aide said on Wednesday, November 23.
Senator-elect Flavio Dino, who leads Lula’s transition team for public safety and justice, said the next government will reverse a series of Bolsonaro’s executive orders that have weakened gun restrictions and caused a sharp increase in the number of gun owners in the country.
“The revocation will occur…. Now, regarding what is going to happen with the existing arsenals, today there are two ideas, one that goes in the fastest direction, which is to say that it is illegal and that’s it,” Dino said.
The alternative would be shortening the registration period of firear
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