Brazilian Vice President Mourao said Bolsonaro’s attempt to contest the election was unlikely to succeed

President Jair Bolsonaro

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  • Jair Bolsonaro filed a complaint claiming that the votes from some of the machines should be “discredited”.
  • Seer election Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva claimed that the victory was ratified by the Supreme Electoral Court.
  • Lula will be sworn in as Brazil’s new president on January 1.

Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Wednesday that an attempt to challenge Jair Bolsonaro’s election loss last month was unlikely to succeed, but argued that the country needed more transparency in its electoral process.

Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition complained on Tuesday that the votes from some of the machines should be “discredited”.

With Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory confirmed by the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) and recognized by Brazil’s leading politicians and international allies, the claim seems unlikely to go far.

Still, it could fuel a small but determined protest movement that refuses to accept the outcome.

Speaking to reporters on the final day of his official visit to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, Mourao said he “believes that Bolsonaro’s complaint will not grow”, adding: “I think this is an issue we will have to deal with in the future.”

But Mourao also criticized the TSE, claiming that the court’s “short answers (to complaints about the electoral process) were not enough.”

“There is a part of our society that thinks the process is problematic,” Mourao said. “We need to provide more transparency in this process.”

Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has claimed for years that the country’s electronic voting system was rigged without providing supporting evidence.

Bolsonaro has been silent in public for nearly 48 hours since the election was announced on October 30, allowing his government to prepare for a presidential transition but has yet to concede defeat.

Mourao said that it is Bolsonaro’s job as president to hand over the presidential belt to Lula at the January 1 swearing-in ceremony. “regardless of the process, regardless of whether you like the person or not”.