Electoral court upholds defense of democracy in Brazil

BRASILIA: The Vice-President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Minister Alexandre de Moraes, ratified that electoral justice in Brazil today has the same desire for democracy and courage that it had when it was created nine decades ago.

Forum magazine confirms that this interference occurred during a speech he gave at the 90th Anniversary of Electoral Justice, hours after de Moraes was subjected to a criminal complaint by the President of the Nation, Jair Bolsonaro, which was rejected by the Supreme Court. Then he was presented to the attorney general’s office.

According to the publication, without citing Bolsonaro, the minister praised the work of the TSE, which is often attacked by the ruling ex-military officer.

“This was the emergence of electoral justice: the will to implement democracy and the courage to fight those who do not believe in the democratic rule of law,” said de Moraes.

“We have the same democratic will and republican courage today in the Brazilian Electoral Tribunal,” he reiterated.

The day before, Judge Antonio Dias Tovoli, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), dismissed Bolsonaro’s case against de Moraes for abuse of power.

In his complaint, the former army captain said, among other points, that the so-called fake news investigation, which is being investigated, is not justified.

Dias Toffoli wrote in his judgment: “Since the facts at the outset clearly do not constitute a crime and there is no just cause for the continuation of the feat, I deny its continuation.”

He claimed that there was no wrongdoing in de Moraes’ conduct and that being the minister slated for the investigation of fake news “is no reason to conclude that he would have any specific interest, being the regular exercise of jurisdiction”.

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Dias Toffoli pointed out that the democratic rule of law imposes duties and obligations on everyone, and a judge cannot become a defendant “just by being a judge.”

He explained that most of Bolsonaro’s accusations are defensive issues, that is, they should be presented in the inquiries that the president responds to.

Despite attempts to judge the man in clothing, the far-right president carries on his shoulders direct threats and attacks against the SDF.

In this sense, he participated in anti-democratic actions with posters calling for the closure of the Supreme Court and support for the military dictatorship (1964-1985).

From various sectors of Brazilian society, Bolsonaro’s attacks against elections and democracy have been refuted.

This week, civil society organizations delivered a letter to the President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Edson Fachin, renouncing these attacks.

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