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Growing concerns in the U.S. about Brazilian democracy

Two U.S. members of Congress issued a motion for the White House to urge the Brazilian government to ensure peaceful elections, the latest in a series of moves aimed at safeguarding the electoral process

electoral Bernie Sanders called Bolsonaro out for "efforts to incite political violence, encourage the Armed Forces of Brazil to intervene in the conduct of the electoral processes of Brazil, and question or subvert democratic and electoral institutions." Photo: A. Katz/Shutterstock
Bernie Sanders called Bolsonaro out for “efforts to incite political violence, encourage the Armed Forces of Brazil to intervene in the conduct of the electoral processes of Brazil, and question or subvert democratic and electoral institutions.” Photo: A. Katz/Shutterstock

As Brazil’s October 2 Election Day looms closer, fears that President Jair Bolsonaro will not gracefully accept a potential defeat at the ballot box are growing larger. For many international observers, especially in the U.S., how the American government will position itself as the electoral results are published will be pivotal to forcing Mr. Bolsonaro into the strictures of democracy.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs believe that is the case. On Wednesday, they presented a motion for the White House to “urge the government of Brazil to ensure that the October 2022 elections are conducted...

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