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Minister referred to the statement by the President of the Republic, who assured that the Armed Forces do not want to attack electronic voting machines

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Minister Edson Fachin, of the STF, is the president of the Superior Electoral Court

the minister Edson Fachinof Federal Court of Justice (STF), said this Friday, 13, that it will not allow the “subversion of the electoral process” and that, for that, they will have to remove him from the chair of president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). During his participation in the Brazilian Congress of Magistrates, in Salvador, the magistrate rebutted, once again, a speech by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). “They say I speak of a ghost. Violence has gender, numbers and degrees. It’s not a ghost, it’s not a haunting. Violence in Brazil is astonishing, it is tragic, it is terrible ”started the minister about what he classified as the “terrifying reality” that the country lives.

“Violence against the press and its essential professionals, threats to the physical integrity of magistrates and their families and attacks by digital militias that generate cyber insecurity. And what is even sadder: the moral and symbolic bestiality of hate speech. Disinformation also has form, name and origin. It’s not ghost. It is not a spectrum, it is an evident fact.” completed. The statement is a response to the chief executive, who said in his weekly live on Thursday, the 12th, that he did not know where Fachin was “taking this ghost that the Armed Forces want to interfere in the elections”.

It is not the first time that the minister and the president have exchanged indirect barbs. After Bolsonaro declared the Armed forces will not participate in the elections only as spectators, the magistrate reinforced that those who take care of the election are the “unarmed forces”. This Friday, Fachin gave another statement defending the sovereignty of the Electoral Justice in the process. “No institution or authority does the Constitution allow the powers that are proper and exclusive to the Electoral Justice. We will not allow the electoral process to be subverted — and I say it with all the letters, so that there is no doubt: in order to remove the Electoral Justice from its functions, they will first have to remove this president from his presidency. We will not give in”, stressed Fachin. “Dialogue yes, knees bent in submission, never.”


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