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Newsline: Brazilian President to Share Concerns About Election With Diplomats

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro invited foreign diplomats to a briefing at his residence on Monday to share his concerns about the security of the electoral process ahead of October elections in which he is trailing in a bid for a second term. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-07-18/bolsonaro-to-share-concerns-about-brazil-election-with-diplomats) Bolsonaro has repeatedly questioned Brazil’s electronic voting system, arguing without proof that it is susceptible to fraud, which has raised fears he might refuse to concede defeat, as his ally Donald Trump did in the 2020 U.S. election. On Sunday, Bolsonaro told reporters he had invited 50 diplomats and 40 confirmed they would attend the meeting on Monday afternoon in which he plans to provide information on alleged fraud in previous elections in Brazil. Reuters confirmed that the envoys of the United States, the European Union, France, Spain and Portugal will attend. Neighbor Argentina, whose president is a leftist, was not invited. Bolsonaro, a far-right nationalist who has said he modeled his presidency after Trump, has echoed the former U.S. leader’s baseless allegations of fraud in the 2020 U.S. election.

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