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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Casts Doubt on Electoral System, Stoking Fears of an October Coup

HeadlineJul 19, 2022

In Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro held a meeting Monday with dozens of diplomats, claiming — without evidence — Brazil’s electronic voting system is vulnerable to fraud in October’s presidential election. Bolsonaro spoke from Brazil’s capital, Brasília.

President Jair Bolsonaro: “What I want the most with the elections is transparency, because we want the winner to be the one who was really voted for. … Ours isn’t a trusted system, because it cannot be audited. It’s impossible to make an audit of elections here in Brazil.”

Bolsonaro is seeking a second term and is trailing behind Brazil’s former leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who’s currently leading in the polls. Bolsonaro opponents and electoral officials fear he’s laying the groundwork to attempt to overturn October’s election results.

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