Senator denounces Brazilian coup plan
Feb. 3, 2023
Brazilian Senator Marcos del Val said he was invited to participate in a conspiracy to impede Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from assuming the presidency. The offer was proffered by a lawmaker-ally of then-President Jair Bolsonaro, in the presence of the president, who, according to the senator, "sat in silence."
The plan sought to lure Supreme Electoral Court President Alexandre de Moraes into making compromising comments on tape in order to detain him, paving the way for a new electoral authority to annul the October elections lost by Bolsonaro.
The explosive allegations came as the now-former lawmaker, Daniel Silveira, was arrested in the state of Rio de Janeiro yesterday morning on De Moraes’s orders, having lost his parliamentary immunity with the end of his term on Wednesday.
The new allegations add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that Bolsonaro sought to overturn the results of the October elections. Last month police found a draft decree in the house of Anderson Torres, Bolsonaro’s former justice minister and the Brasília security chief at the time of the attacks, that analysts say could have been used to intervene the electoral court and pave the way for a coup.
(Veja, Reuters, El País, Guardian)
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