Days after calling the president of the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court a “son of a bitch,” President Jair Bolsonaro organized a military parade through the streets of Brasilia, the country’s capital. That was the same day Congress was discussing a proposed constitutional amendment to change the electoral system and the way elections are conducted. The president is attacking electronic votes in hopes of facilitating distrust in election results—results that may not be in his favor.
Facing an election next year, Bolsonaro seeks to show strength with the armed forces on his side, defending the idea that printed ballots only yield secure elections. He directly threatened Brazilian democracy by putting tanks on the streets to pressure politicians to vote for his proposal to change the electoral system.
He ultimately lost the vote but continues sending threats.
Full article at Newsweek’s website. Date of publication: 03/09/2021.