LATIN AMERICA

Fabricated Brazilian govt decree does not declare election result 'fraudulent'

Updated on 01/12/2022 at 02:58

Social media posts circulating in multiple languages falsely claim that Brazil's defence ministry declared the 2022 presidential election result was fraudulent, and subsequently ordered the arrests of court officials and suspended congress. The claims surfaced after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defeated the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff on October 30. However, these government agencies dismissed the claims and told AFP that they were operating as normal. Legal experts said that a clause mentioned in the false posts did not authorise one branch of government to interfere with another branch using the military.