Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s recent ineligibility ruling by the Superior Electoral Court has been met with mixed emotions. While it serves as a significant milestone in addressing his abuse of political power, it falls short of the comprehensive accountability needed for his actions during his tenure. Mr. Bolsonaro’s relentless attacks on democratic processes, disregard for the pandemic’s gravity, and involvement with armed militias and far-right fanatics who attempted a coup on Jan. 8 have put Brazilian democracy at risk. Despite these challenges, Brazil’s institutions have displayed resilience and must be preserved as the pillars of a functioning democracy.
The decision to declare Mr. Bolsonaro ineligible to run for office until 2030 must be viewed as a partial reckoning. Behind the scenes, he still commands a fervent following and retains a considerable electoral base. There are even speculations about his wife being nominated as a candidate in his place in the next presidential elections.
Full article at The Globe and Mail’s website. Date of publication: 14/07/2023.