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Brazil’s Bolsonaro challenges election loss, files petition demanding votes be annulled

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outgoing president of brazil Jair Bolsonaro submitted a petition to Brazilian election officials formally challenging the outcome of this year’s bitterly contested race presidential vote.

Bolsonaro narrowly lost to his left-wing rival in the run-off last month Luis Inacio Lula da Silvapopularly known as “Lula,” is set to take office as president on January 1.

Since then, Bolsonaro has not come so far as to explicitly admit defeat, but previously said he would “continue to fulfill all the precepts of the constitution” and observers said he would cooperate with the transfer of power. I believe.

But in a petition filed Tuesday, Bolsonaro and his right-wing Liberal Party leader argued that some voting machines were out of order and that votes cast through them should be voided. is doing.

Citing analysis conducted by a company hired by Bolsonaro’s party, the complaint argues that canceling those votes would result in a victory for Bolsonaro.

In response to Bolsonaro’s petition, election officials said the same voting machines were used in the first round of the election, so Bolsonaro and his party filed a complaint to include those results in order for the process to pass the courts. Affiliate CNN Brazil said it needed to be fixed.

Supreme Electoral Court Chief Alexandre Moraes gave Bolsonaro and his petitioners 24 hours to amend their submissions.

But on Wednesday, Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party called for limiting the scope of the vote to a second-round vote.

Liberal Party officials also held a press conference to reinforce claims that some of the ballots used in the election’s second round could be erroneous, but insisted they had no intention of contesting the results. did.

“We’re not going to stop someone from taking office, it’s just that they follow the law. If there’s any indication [of error]we cannot take into account this vote,” said Liberal Party leader Valdemar Costa Neto.

“We’re not asking for new elections. It’s crazy,” he added.

Last month’s heated elections came amid a tense and polarized political climate in Brazil, which is plagued by high inflation, limited growth and rising poverty.

Lulada Silva won more than 60 million votes, the most in Brazilian history and a personal record since 2006, according to the final tally of the election authorities.

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