Bolsonaro contests Brazil election loss, wants votes voided
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — More than three weeks after losing a reelection bid, President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday blamed a software bug and demanded the electoral authority annul votes cast on most of Brazil’s nation’s electronic voting machines, though independent experts say the bug doesn't affect the reliability of results. Such an action would leave Bolsonaro with 51% of the remaining valid votes — and a reelection victory, Marcelo de Bessa, the lawyer who filed the 33-page request on behalf of the president and his Liberal Party, told reporters.
supplied by News 360 Archive - Eduardo Bolsonaro during a rally in favor of his father, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, in Sao Paulo. - Fepesil / Zuma Press / Contactophoto
Eduardo Bolsonaro, Federal MP for Sao Paolo and son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, shared on his social networks a video in which Steve Bannon, the former ideological advisor of the former American president Donald Trump, defends demonstrations in Brazil, which call into question the results of the last elections.
"If electronic voting machines have only been welcomed by a few countries, now no serious country will adopt them," said Bolsonaro's son on his official Twitter profile, commenting in which Bannon alludes to demonstrations like A legitimate action to demand that the constitution of the country be respected.
Brazil’s yellow-and-green soccer jersey stirs up controversy
The Brazilian soccer team's jersey colors have been co-opted by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. But some people say that the reelection of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in late October could change that.And this year, Brazil is favored to win the World Cup once again. But the national team and its fans are grappling with the team’s iconic jersey colors: yellow and green.
The son of Bolsonaro declared on the same social network as "censorship arrives". "But do not be mistaken, this is the opinion of the majority abroad. The international press, freer, has better covered our elections," he said.
In the video shared by the Brazilian, Bannon claims without proof that "once you start to digitize the elections, you have no evidence of the" voters. "All of this is done for a single reason: stealing the elections," said former Trump advisor.
Bannon, who helped direct the Trump campaign in 2016 and was his chief political strategist until he left the White House in 2017, was sentenced by an American court to four months in prison and 6,500 Dollars (6,600 euros) fine for contempt of the commission responsible for investigating the attack at the Capitol.
Although Mr. Bannon no longer worked for the White House during the period referred to by the investigation, the Chamber's commission maintains that he had a conversation with Mr. Trump in the moments that preceded the assault against The Capitol, and that he was also present in the room of the Willard hotel in Washington, where several associates of the magnate gathered during the incidents.
The defeat of former President Trump in the ballot box and his constant denunciations of electoral fraud for alleged voting irregularities, never accepted by the courts, were one of the triggers of the January 6 insurrection, which has made several dead.
Top US diplomat criticizes FIFA armband threat at World Cup .
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America's top diplomat on Tuesday criticized a decision by FIFA to threaten players at the World Cup with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart at a news conference, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “always concerning when we see any restrictions on freedom of expression.” “It’s especially so when the expression is for diversity and for inclusion,” Blinken said at Doha's Diplomatic Club. "And in my judgment, at least no one on a football pitch should be forced to choose between supporting these values and playing for their team.