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Bolsonaro alleges fraud in US presidential election

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:09 AM
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro talks with the media outside a polling station, after voting during the run-off municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro talks with the media outside a polling station, after voting during the run-off municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – who sometimes has embraced the label ‘Trump of the Tropics’ — said Sunday he’ll wait a little longer before recognising the US election victory of Joe Biden.

Speaking to reporters while casting a ballot in municipal races, he also echoed President Donald Trump’s allegations of irregularities in the US vote.

“I have my sources of information that there really was a lot of fraud there,” he said. “Nobody talks about that. If it was enough to define (victory) for one or the other, I don’t know.”

Asked if he would recognise Biden’s victory, he said, “I am holding back a little more.”

He also expressed doubts about Brazil’s current electronic voting system, which he has suggested is vulnerable to fraud. He has urged the country to go back to a paper ballot system for the 2022 presidential election.

The conservative Brazilian leader has appealed to the same sort of right-wing populist base in Brazil that Trump has courted in the United States, and has welcomed comparisons to the US president.

Like Trump, he has embraced unproven treatments for COVID-19 and has campaigned to ease restrictions meant to combat it, arguing the economic loss is more damaging than the illness itself.