Bolsonaro sees three options for future: prison, death or victory
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s comments come amid campaign to alter electronic voting system before 2022 election.
Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, facing
and criticism for his
unsubstantiated voting fraud claims
, has said he sees three alternatives for his future: prison, death or winning next year’s presidential elections.
“I have three alternatives for my future: being arrested, killed or victory,” Bolsonaro said in remarks to a meeting of evangelical leaders on Saturday.
He later added that the first option is out of question: “No man on Earth will threaten me.”
Bolsonaro for weeks has questioned Brazil’s electronic voting system in what critics say is
a Donald Trump-like campaign
to sow doubt in the 2022 presidential election in order to contest the results.
He has been calling for the adoption of printed receipts, saying without evidence that electronic ballots are vulnerable to fraud – a claim that has been
by top Brazilian judges and other experts.
Bolsonaro trails former leftist
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
in most polls.
In the meeting with evangelical leaders, Bolsonaro
Brazil’s electoral court. “We have a president who neither desires nor provokes a rupture, but everything has a limit in life. I can’t continue to live with this,” he said.
The head of the electoral court, known as the TSE, on Wednesday said there is no problem with the electronic voting system, calling a discussion to adopt printed ballots “a waste of focus”.
Earlier this month, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress also
an effort by Bolsonaro to alter the voting system, which has been in place since 1996.
But the president’s campaign in early August garnered the support of hundreds of Brazilians, who joined
large rallies in several cities
to back Bolsonaro’s demand for printed receipts.
More than 579,000 people have died due to the coronavirus in the South American nation since the crisis began, while over 20.7 million infections have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
a Senate commission probe
into his pandemic policies, while his health ministry was embroiled in controversy after
irregularities surfaced in a contract
to buy COVID-19 vaccine doses from India. He has also been
accused of corruption
, a claim he rejected.
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