Brazil: Bolsonaro's party wanted to have the election results annulled. That was rejected by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Electoral Court in Brazil has dismissed a complaint by the party of President Jair Bolsonaro against the election results and imposed a large fine.

Brazil: Bolsonaro's party wanted to have the election results annulled. That was rejected by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Electoral Court in Brazil has dismissed a complaint by the party of President Jair Bolsonaro against the election results and imposed a large fine. The Liberal Party (PL) has not presented any evidence of alleged malfunctions in hundreds of thousands of voting machines, court president Alexandre de Moraes said on Wednesday. He therefore refused to check the votes cast with these voting machines.

The court president accused Bolsonaro's party of "malice" and fined the party the equivalent of more than four million euros.

The PL asked the Supreme Electoral Court on Tuesday to invalidate all votes cast using more than 280,000 voting machines. The PL claimed that "malfunctions" of these machines prevented Bolsonaro from being re-elected.

The left-leaning ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva narrowly won the presidential election against Bolsonaro three weeks ago. Lula got 50.9 percent of the vote in the runoff, Bolsonaro 49.1 percent. The PL had calculated that if the votes from the offending voting machines were annulled, Bolsonaro would get 51.05 percent and would still be the election winner.

Bolsonaro initially did not comment on his defeat after the election. Only two days later did the right-wing extremist signal his willingness for a peaceful handover of power to Lula, without explicitly admitting his defeat.

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