After the Judiciary and Congress criticized Jair Bolsonaro’s attacks on the holding of elections, presidents of eight parties reacted to the statements of the President of the Republic and released on Saturday, 9, a note in defense of democracy, in which they affirm that “no form of threat” to her “can or should be tolerated”.
“Anyone who opposes this right (elections) of citizens’ free choice will have our strongest opposition”, say the presidents of the MDB, DEM, PSDB, Solidarity, Citizenship, PSL, PV and Novo. “Democracy is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian people, a non-negotiable achievement. No form of threat to democracy can or should be tolerated. And it won’t be.”, says the text.
The positioning of the acronyms took place after Bolsonaro raised the tone and called the president of the TSE, Luis Roberto Barroso, an “imbecile” and an “idiot”, attributing to the minister articulations to block the approval of the proposal that institutes the printed vote in Brazil – yesterday, the president, on a trip to Rio Grande do Sul, again criticized the minister.
Bolsonaro’s escalation of criticism and accusations of the electronic voting machine system comes at the worst moment of the government, which is facing a decline in popularity, according to surveys, in addition to wear and tear in the face of allegations of corruption in Covid’s CPI and negligence in the conduct of the pandemic . In addition, street demonstrations are increasing calling for the impeachment of Bolsonaro, in acts organized by left-wing parties and social movements and also by groups such as MBL and Vem Pra Rua.
Six of these same leaders who signed the note make up the group of 11 signatories of a letter against the adoption of the printed vote, proposed under discussion in the Chamber. In the document, they reaffirmed their confidence in the current voting system.
“We have complete confidence in the Brazilian electoral system, which is modern, fast, safe and auditable. Elections guarantee every Brazilian citizen the right to freely choose their representatives and managers. We will always uncompromisingly defend this right, materialized in the vote.”
Signing the note were party leaders ACM Neto (DEM), Baleia Rossi (MDB), Bruno Araújo (PSDB), Eduardo Ribeiro (New), José Luiz Penna (PV), Luciano Bivar (PSL), Paulinho da Força (Solidarity) and Roberto Freire (Citizenship).
Allied with Bolsonaro, the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (Progressistas-AL), who until then had not commented on the president’s statements, said Saturday that “institutions are strongholds that will not be shaken by public statements and opportunism.” Lira, no entanto, não fez menção ou referência a Bolsonaro na postagem que escreveu no Twitter.
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