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Bolsonaro Calls Ambassadors to Cast Doubt on Electoral System

  • President gathers about 70 foreign representatives at his home
  • Brazil’s electoral authority, senate head rebuke Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro
Jair BolsonaroPhotographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

President Jair Bolsonaro told foreign ambassadors that Brazil’s electronic voting machines are subject to fraud, rehashing old and debunked conspiracy theories about the security of the system Brazil has been using for more than two decades.

Bolsonaro invited ambassadors to a meeting at his official residence on Monday to “exchange ideas about the electoral process,” according to a statement from his office. The list of attendees wasn’t published by the government, but about 70 cars with representatives from foreign governments were seen leaving the presidential palace.