Monday, 25 September, 2023

Bolsonaro denies being party to plan to thwart Lula

Bolsonaro denies being party to plan to thwart Lula

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Brazil's far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro was questioned by police on Wednesday and denied he had been part of any plan to prevent his successor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva taking the reins.

After spending about three hours at the Federal Police offices in the capital Brasilia, Bolsonaro told reporters "there was no plan" to impede Lula.

A former Bolsonaro ally, senator Marcos do Val, told reporters in February he had attended a meeting with the then-president where a plan was hatched to prevent leftist Lula from taking power after winning last year's election.

The alleged plan, according to do Val, entailed getting the president of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, to say something compromising, record and release it.

Bolsonaro supporters accuse de Moraes of interfering in the election campaign in Lula's favor.