A prime decide stated the president’s “weird” election claims had been primarily based on a “fraudulent narrative” about defective voting machines

Brazil’s electoral courtroom has rejected a request by President Jair Bolsonaro to overturn the outcomes of October’s presidential race, saying the outgoing chief had challenged the election in “dangerous religion” whereas slapping his Liberal Get together coalition with a considerable advantageous.

Alexandre de Moraes, a Supreme Courtroom justice and the top of the Superior Electoral Courtroom, dominated in opposition to Bolsonaro on Wednesday after the president requested authorities to invalidate 1000’s of votes, claiming some digital voting machines had been open to fraud throughout final month’s election.

Whereas the courtroom initially stated it will evaluate Bolsonaro’s allegations if he and his Liberal Get together supplied a extra full audit of votes – declaring that Liberals carried out nicely within the first spherical of the election though the identical voting machines had been used – de Moraes stated they’d failed to take action.

“The whole dangerous religion of the plaintiff’s weird and illicit request… was confirmed, each by the refusal so as to add to the preliminary petition and the whole absence of any proof of irregularities and the existence of a completely fraudulent narrative of the information,” the decide wrote in his ruling.

De Moraes additionally ordered a suspension of all authorities funding to the Liberal faction till it pays a 23 million-reai ($4.3 million) advantageous for its “dangerous religion” claims, and referred to as for an investigation into Liberal Get together chief Valdemar Costa.

Attorneys working with Bolsonaro filed a 33-page petition on Tuesday asserting that almost all of the voting machines used within the race had been topic to a “malfunction,” and that a whole bunch of 1000’s of older machines had been lacking identification numbers of their inside logs. Nevertheless, in putting down their request, de Moraes stated the legal professionals didn’t clarify how the software program bug may need affected the election outcomes.

Bolsonaro narrowly misplaced the October 30 run-off race to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – a leftist politician identified to many Brazilians merely as ‘Lula’ – taking 49.1% of the vote in opposition to Lula’s 50.9%. The race triggered days of chaotic protests throughout Brazil, with demonstrators erecting roadblocks on a number of main highways and even demanding a army takeover of the federal government at one level. Bolsonaro later urged his supporters to stop such actions, although main protests have continued in some cities.

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