According to an article in the newspaper ‘O Estado de S. Paulo’, the Defense Minister’s interlocutor warned the President of the Chamber, Arthur Lira, that there would be no election next year if the printed vote was not approved
the vice president Hamilton Mourao he stated, on Thursday, 22, that “it is logical” that there will be elections in Brazil in 2022, even if Congress does not approve the PEC of the printed vote, one of the president’s flags Jair Bolsonaro. “Of course there will be an election. Who is going to ban elections in Brazil? Please guys, that’s it. We are not a banana republic,” he told reporters when he arrived at the Planalto Palace. Mourão commented on the newspaper’s report The State of São Paulo, who reported a threat from the defense minister, Walter Braga Netto, to the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL). According to the newspaper, an interlocutor of the general sent a message that there would be no elections in October of next year if the printed vote was not approved. In a statement, Braga Netto pointed out that “the Armed Forces always and will always act within the limits provided for in the Constitution”.
On her Twitter profile, Lira said that “regardless of what is or is not published in the press, the fact is: Brazilians want a vaccine, they want work and will judge their representatives in October of next year through popular, secret and sovereign vote ”. President of the Senate and National Congress, senator Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) declared that “whatever the model, the holding of periodic elections, including in 2022, is not under discussion. This is non-negotiable. They will happen, as they are the purest expression of the people’s sovereignty. Without them there is no democracy and the country does not admit setbacks”. The report by “Estadão” generated repercussions among parliamentarians, governors and members of the Brazilian Judiciary. President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Minister Luis Roberto Barroso affirmed that “we have a Constitution in force, functioning institutions, a free press and a conscious society mobilized in favor of democracy”. Minister Gilmar Mendes highlighted that “the representatives of the Armed Forces must respect the institutional means of debate on the electronic voting machine. Politics is made with arguments, opposition of ideas and, above all, respect for the Constitution. In our democracy, there is no room for authoritarian armed coercion”.
Senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS), leader of the women’s bench in the Senate, wrote on her social networks that “the constant threats to institutions, elections and democracy need an immediate, clear and direct reaction”. “Enough of relativizing the absolutely intolerable”, he added. Federal deputies Fábio Trad (PSD-MS), Ivan Valente (PSOL-SP) and Fernanda Melchionna (PSOL-RS) filed a request to summon Braga Netto to the Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies and to the special committee which analyzes the printed vote. “We demand explanations of the facts. Defense Minister has to defend democracy; never threaten her,” Trad said in a tweet. “I defend the minister’s immediate call to the Chamber of Deputies to explain the facts. Our Democracy cannot live under blackmail. The Constitution of Brazil will resist”, he stated in another publication. The governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), one of the presidential candidates, also stated: “It will not be coup and authoritarian threats that will defeat Brazilian democracy. Our institutions are solid. We will have elections in 2022”.