The State of S. Paulo announced this Thursday (22) that the Minister of Defense, General Walter Braga Netto, would have threatened Congress by conditioning the 2022 elections to the mandatory print and “audible” vote. At the entrance of the Ministry of Defense this morning, Netto denied the information and was accompanied by the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL).
According to information from O Globo, the congressman denied the alleged threat and said that he will publish a note on the subject.
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The conversation between Braga Netto and Lira would have taken place on July 8, the same day that President Jair Bolsonaro repeated the threat to elections if the printed vote was not approved.
The vice president, Hamilton Mourão, said that the content of the newspaper’s report was “a lie”. The Estadão reported that, when sending the message to Lira, Braga Netto would be accompanied by commanders from the Air Force, Navy and Army.
The printed vote is defended by the Bolsonaro government and its allies – the president said he would disclose evidence of electoral fraud in the 2014 elections, which used electronic voting machines, as the Brazilian system has operated for years.
The vice president of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcelo Ramos (PL-AM), declared in a note that, in a democracy, the military cannot decide whether or not there will be elections. “If the episode really happened, the Defense Minister moves away from his military oath and embarks on a coup that needs to be fought hard by society, by the Powers and by democratic institutions,” said Ramos.
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