Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused two Supreme Court justices, Luis Roberto Barroso and Alexandre de Moraes, of bias against him.
What did the Brazilian president say?
“Barroso and Alexandre de Moraes want Lula to be president,” Bolsonaro said in a TV interview, referring to former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“Okay, they might not want to vote for me, but do they want to return the office to the man who robbed the nation for eight years?” ” he added.
Da Silva, commonly known as Lula, was president from 2003 to 2010. He is expected to run against Bolsonaro in the October presidential elections.
Recent polls show that Lula will easily beat Bolsonaro in the election. A Banco Genial / Quaest Pesquisas poll released on Wednesday found that Lula would get 54% of the vote in the decisive second round of the election, with Bolsonaro collecting 30%.
Bolsonaro spoke out against the country’s electronic voting system ahead of the elections, calling it rigged against him. It is to be feared that he will not concede if he loses the race.
Why should Brazilian voters oust Bolsonaro?
Inflation is one of the major issues that could cost Bolsonaro a second term. Official data released on Tuesday revealed that Brazil’s inflation rate exceeded 10%, the highest figure in six years.
The Banco Genial / Quaest Pesquisas poll found that 73% of those polled believe Bolsonaro has done a bad job in fighting the price hike.
The Brazilian president has also been criticized for his handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with Brazil having one of the highest death rates from the virus in the country. Bolsonaro has spoken out against vaccines and lockdown policies to curb the spread of the infection.
The country’s indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities have been particularly affected by the virus. On Tuesday, Bolsonaro approved a decree establishing a committee to fight the virus among the indigenous peoples of Brazil.
Despite Bolsonaro’s skepticism of vaccines, nearly 70% of Brazil’s population is fully vaccinated.
The Brazilian president’s desire to open up the Amazon rainforest to commercial interests has also drawn criticism both at home and abroad.
Bolsonaro, who took office in January 2019, has expressed admiration for the country’s former military dictatorship. He also made numerous derogatory comments towards women and LGBTQ people.
wd / sms (AP, Reuters)