Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he will be killed, arrested or re-elected
Bolsonaro's comments came after he questioned Brazil's electronic voting system and vowed not to recognise the presidential election results next year.
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said he sees three alternatives for his future: winning the 2022 presidential elections, death or prison. In remarks to a leaders meeting, he said he has three alternatives for his future: being arrested, killed or victory. Bolsonaro later added that the first option is out of the question. Bolsonaro's comments came after he questioned Brazil's electronic voting system and vowed not to recognise the presidential election results next year. He has been advocating for the use of paper receipts, claiming that computerised ballots are susceptible to fraud. In most surveys, Bolsonaro lags former leftist President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.
Bolsonaro attacked Brazil's electoral court once more during his meeting with religious groups. On Wednesday, the chairman of Brazil's electoral court, the TSE, stated that there is no problem with the electronic voting system and that a conversation about adopting paper ballots is a "waste of time. Bolsonaro also urged Christian leaders to attend the planned countrywide marches in favour of him on September 7. Brazil's massive evangelical vote group was critical to Bolsonaro's election victory in 2018.
In other news, Brazil has halted a $324 million contract for Covaxin amid claims that President Jair Bolsonaro ignored suspected wrongdoing in a deal to acquire Covid-19 vaccinations. The purchase of 20 million doses of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin injection has caused President Jair Bolsonaro headaches after whistleblowers raised suspicions about irregularities. Wagner Rosario, the head of the Federal Comptroller General (CGU), stated during a news conference on Tuesday with Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga that the office will investigate the procedure of purchasing the vaccination.