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Brazil court rejects challenge to election result by Bolsonaro party

Brazil's Supreme Electoral Court has rejected a request by the party of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro to review the results of last month's elections.

Buenos Aires, 24 November 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court has rejected a request by the party of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro to review the results of last month’s elections.

Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party (PL) had not presented any evidence to support its claim of alleged electoral fraud, said court president Alexandre de Moraes on Wednesday.

He also imposed a fine of 23 million reais ($4.3 million) on the petitioners, saying they had maliciously and irresponsibly wanted to trigger a legal dispute.

Far-right incumbent Bolsonaro was narrowly defeated by left-wing challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a October 30 run-off. Lula received 50.9% of votes while Bolsonaro garnered 49.1%.

So far, Bolsonaro has not explicitly acknowledged his defeat, though Vice President Hamilton Mourão did a few days after the run-off. Mourão also said he believed there was no electoral fraud.

The PL submitted an application to the Superior Electoral Court on Tuesday, calling for some of the votes in the presidential elections to be declared invalid based on the claim that electronic voting machines manufactured after 2020 do not have serial numbers and therefore cannot be clearly allocated.

Moraes rejected this, saying the request was ridiculous and unlawful.

Even before the vote, Bolsonaro had repeatedly expressed doubts about the electoral system and indicated that he might not recognize the result.

Lula will take office on January 1, 2023.

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