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Former Brazilian President Bolsonaro is banned from office

Former Brazilian President Bolsonaro is banned from office

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be banned from office until 2030. Thus, participation in the 2026 presidential elections is excluded.

In the abuse of office of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, five out of seven judges of the Supreme Court of Elections voted to ban Bolsonaro from office until 2030. Two were against. This means that the far-right ex-president is disqualified from the next presidential election in 2026. He says he is guilty of abuse of power for making baseless allegations about security flaws in the electoral system before his defeat in the 2022 election.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer rejected the prosecutor’s office’s allegations. According to a report by TV Globo, Tarcisio Vieira de Carvalho said that discussion about the electoral system should not be a taboo topic in democracy. Bolsonaro just wanted to help improve the electoral system. Brazil’s electoral system is completely electronic, and it passed a regular security test by the Supreme Electoral Court in May last year.

There are 12 pending cases before the Electoral Court against the 68-year-old accused of misusing his economic and political power in connection with the presidential election, which he lost to his left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly questioned the credibility of the electoral system and has not openly acknowledged his electoral defeat to Lula last October. Earlier this year, just days after his successor took office, Bolsonaro’s radical supporters stormed Congress, the seat of government and the Supreme Court in Brasília, causing massive damage. It took the security forces hours to bring the situation back under control.

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The former president also faces four cases before the Supreme Court of Brazil. It concerned, among other things, the attack of his supporters on the government district of the capital. Bolsonaro faces prison sentence (APA)