No candidacy until 2030: Supreme Court decides to ban Bolsonaro from office

No candidacy until 2030
Supreme Court decides to ban Bolsonaro from office

Brazil’s Supreme Court sets limits on former President Jair Bolsonaro. The controversial politician may no longer hold public office until 2030. If the verdict is upheld, he will not be allowed to run in the 2026 Brazilian presidential election.

Brazil’s ex-president Jair Bolsonaro must not be elected to public office until 2030. In a trial for abuse of office, four out of seven judges on the Supreme Electoral Court voted to convict the far-right politician and one voted against. The votes of two judges are still pending.

If the verdict remains, Bolsonaro will be excluded from the presidential election in 2026. Bolsonaro used “violent language and lies” and endangered the credibility of the electoral system, said presiding judge Benedito Goncalves on Tuesday.

The public prosecutor accused Bolsonaro, among other things, of abusing political power, which the 68-year-old rejects. In the election campaign before the 2022 presidential election, Bolsonaro made unsubstantiated claims about serious security deficiencies in the electronic voting system in Brazil in front of foreign diplomats in a PowerPoint presentation in the presidential palace. The meeting was broadcast live on state television. The 68-year-old later narrowly lost to his left-wing challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a runoff.

Bolsonaro’s lawyer said his client “awaits the decision with respect” and reserves the right to appeal the verdict before the country’s Supreme Court.

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