Three days after the head of the US Embassy in Brazil met with former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT), the diplomatic representation of the Biden administration released a note, according to which the results of the election “will not be obtained through negotiations with any candidate.” or political party”.
Also, in another message to Jair Bolsonaro (PL) that he will not condone a coup, the embassy reaffirmed its faith in the country’s electoral justice, which has been the target of the president’s constant attacks.
“As a result of our commitment to the integrity of the election process led by the High Electoral Court, without negotiating with any candidate or party, the winning candidate in the presidential election will ultimately receive US recognition,” the embassy said on Twitter.
“Our confidence in the Brazilian elections has been clearly reinforced by several high-ranking US government officials and remains unchanged.”
On Wednesday (21), former president and presidential candidate Lula today met US government official Douglas Konep, the most senior official in the Joe Biden administration in Brazil. At the meeting, Koneff defended his confidence in the Brazilian electoral process. Earlier, the American had already met with candidates Ciro Gomez (PDT) and Simone Tebet (MDB).
The Biden administration has sent a series of messages to Brazilian officials disagreeing with Bolsonaro’s questions about the integrity of the country’s electoral process.
During the Sept. 7 celebrations, after Bolsonaro continued his coup rhetoric in events of a de facto electoral nature, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House was monitoring the elections and that Washington trusted Brazil’s democratic institutions.
On the same day, in a note celebrating 200 years of independence, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken highlighted the importance of commitment to democracy.
In July, after Bolsonaro invited diplomats to spread the coup thesis about the election, Washington’s mission in Brazil issued a statement in which it said it believed the Brazilian electoral system was a “model for other countries”. A few days later, at a conference of US Defense Ministers, Secretary Lloyd Austin argued that the military should be under “resolute civilian control.”
In his only meeting with Biden so far, Bolsonaro asked for help in defeating former president Lula (PT), the election favorite, according to Bloomberg News. At a meeting in Los Angeles, the Brazilian reiterated his desire for “clean, credible and auditable elections”; “The United States will not tolerate election interference from anywhere,” according to the US State Department.
Sectors on the left of the US legislature have expressed themselves in a more radical way. In a letter delivered to President Biden by 31 representatives and eight senators earlier this month, the lawmakers warned of the risk of a coup and accused Bolsonaro of threatening democratic institutions.
In the speech, they called for Brazil to lose support to join the OECD, a club of rich nations, and lose its status as a non-NATO ally in the Western military bloc if Bolsonaro insists on coup-like actions.
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