The impetuous Brazilian President Bolsonaro became a mother after his electoral defeat

The only sign of protest came from Bolsonaro-supporting truckers who began blocking roads across the country on Sunday. On Monday evening, Federal Highway Police reported 236 incidents in 18 states, up from 136 three hours earlier.

Bolsonaro’s rival, former president and former left-wing trade union leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the second round on Sunday evening with 50.9% of the vote, against 49.1% for Bolsonaro. It was the tightest election since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985.

Ricardo Barros, Bolsonaro’s lower house whip, told The Associated Press by phone that he was with the president on Monday and that Bolsonaro was “still deciding” whether to speak about the election results.

Much like former US President Donald Trump, whom Bolsonaro admires, the incumbent Brazilian leader has repeatedly questioned the reliability of the country’s electronic voting system. At one point he said he had evidence of fraud, although he did not provide any proof. And just last month he remarked that if he didn’t win the first round of the election, something was “wrong” – even though most polls showed him trailing.

As time passes and more international leaders publicly acknowledge da Silva’s victory, the president’s room for maneuver is shrinking, experts tell The Associated Press.

Some of Bolsonaro’s closest allies have indicated the same.

“The will of the majority appearing on the ballot papers will never be contested,” Lower House Speaker Arthur Lira said on Sunday.

Other Bolsonaro supporters who have publicly acknowledged da Silva’s victory include Sao Paulo Governor-elect Tarcísio de Freitas and Senator-elect Damares Alves, who both served as ministers under Bolsonaro, and Lower House Whip Barros. Evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia, who has been an ardent supporter of Bolsonaro, called on God to bestow his “blessing” on da Silva.

“He must have several plans to challenge the poll results; the question is whether he has the political support to go ahead with these plans,” said Paulo Calmon, professor of political science at the University of Brasilia. “He will not have the support of the Governor of Sao Paulo, the Lower House, the Senate, and he will have to face opposition from everyone.”

Calmon added that Bolsonaro had recently said in an interview last month that he would accept the result even if he lost, but congratulating da Silva would hurt his popularity among his most hardline base.


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