Three alternatives for Bolsonaro: prison, death or victory

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he had three alternatives for his near future: “To be jailed, dead or victorious” in the 2022 presidential election.

“You can be sure that the first alternative does not exist. I am doing the right thing and I owe nothing to anyone,” said the president, during a meeting with evangelicals during a visit to Goiania.

In a context of tensions with the judiciary, the president once again attacked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the Higher Electoral Court (TSE). He warned, “No man here on earth is going to intimidate me.”

Jair Bolsonaro suffered a setback on Wednesday, when the President of the Brazilian Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, rejected his request to initiate impeachment proceedings against Alexandre de Moraes, one of the eleven judges of the STF and member of the TSE.

Three open investigations

The dispute began several months ago, in particular because of the questioning by Jair Bolsonaro of the legitimacy of the Brazilian electronic voting system, in place since 1996. The Supreme Court has opened several investigations against the Head of State . Earlier this month, Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered the president to be investigated for “libel” and “incitement to crime”.

The TSE also included the president in an investigation opened in 2019 by the STF into offenses and threats against several of its judges.

On Friday, before going to Goiania, Jair Bolsonaro encouraged the population to arm themselves: “Everyone must buy a rifle. An armed people will never be enslaved,” he said.

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