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THE OPPOSITION Labor Party challenged on Thursday the candidacy of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the October 2 elections, under the accusation of alleged “abuse of political and economic power”.
The lawsuit, which asks the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) to declare the current president and candidate for reelection “ineligible”, is based on Bolsonaro’s behavior this Wednesday, during the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the country’s Independence from Portugal.
This September 7, Bolsonaro led an institutional act in Brazil, which was centered on a military parade held on the Esplanade of the Ministries, a central avenue of the capital.
After that ceremony, on the same Esplanade, he held a first electoral rally in front of the public that had attended the parade, mostly aligned with Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro then moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he also witnessed a military ceremony for Independence Day on Copacabana beach and, as in Brasilia, held another electoral rally immediately after the official celebration.
Former socialist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, according to polls, remains favorite to win the October 2 elections, but his party has requested the Justice for Bolsonaro to be barred from running for reelection.