Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is barred from running for office until 2030 - Associated Press

Far-right former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was barred Friday from running for office again until 2030 after a panel of judges concluded that he abused his power and cast unfounded doubts on the country’s electronic voting system.

The decision upends the 68-year-old’s political future and likely erases any chance for him to regain power.

Five judges on the nation’s highest electoral court agreed that Bolsonaro used government communication channels to promote his campaign and sowed distrust about the vote. Two judges voted against the move.

The case focused on a July 18, 2022, meeting where Bolsonaro used government staffers, the state television channel and the presidential palace in Brasilia to tell foreign ambassadors that the country’s electronic voting system was rigged.

Speaking to reporters in Minas Gerais, Bolsonaro lamented that the trial was unfair and politically motivated.

[Carlos Melo, a political science professor at Insper University in Sao Paulo] said the decision is “very unlikely” to be overturned. It removes Bolsonaro from the 2024 and 2028 municipal elections as well as the 2026 general elections. The former president also faces other legal troubles, including criminal investigations. Future criminal convictions could extend his ban by years and subject him to imprisonment.

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Locations: Brazil Minas Gerais, Brazil 

Organizations: Insper University 

People: Jair Bolsonaro Carlos Melo 

Tags: Corruption 

Type: Headlines