The Electoral Prosecutor of BrazilHe spoke out in favor of politically disqualifying the former president jair bolsonaro for launching harsh attacks against the country’s voting system.

The Public Ministry sees indications that the former president committed “abuse of political power” by sowing unfounded suspicions about the legitimacy of the electronic ballot boxes that Brazil used in its electoral processes since 1996, according to the newspaper O Globo.

The case is processed under summary secrecy in the superior electoral court (TSE) that, if he chose to follow the opinion of the Prosecutor’s Office, he could prevent Bolsonaro from contesting new elections in the next eight years.

Former President Jair Bolsonaro.

The declaration of the Prosecutor’s Office is signed by the electoral general prosecutor, Paulo Gonet, and was received by the court on Wednesday night, according to the newspaper.

The action, one of several that take place in el TSE against Bolsonaropart of a complaint from the Democratic Labor Party presented after the meeting between Bolsonaro and a group of 40 ambassadors on July 18 at the presidential residence.

In that meeting, broadcast live on official channels, the then head of state, already immersed in the campaign toFor the October 2022 presidential elections, which would be won by the progressive Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaHe exposed his mistrust in the electoral system.

In his speech, he insisted that the 2018 elections, which he won in the second round, «were not totally transparent» and also cited alleged irregularities that occurred in 2014, when the then president Dilma Rousseff was reelected.

Likewise, he insinuated that some of the members of the Electoral Justice and the Supreme Court have «clear links» with «the left» and accused Lula of beneficiary with their decisions.

According to ‘O Globo’, the opinion of the Prosecutor’s Office is the last phase of the judicial investigation and there is an expectation that the case will be judged “between the end of April and the beginning of May”.

EFE