President Lula: Bolsonaro is silent, but his allies admit defeat

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Bolsonaro casts his vote on October 30.

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Bolsonaro casts his vote on October 30.

“The president has gone to sleep,” Jair Bolsonaro’s secretary curtly replied to cabinet ministers who tried to speak to the president on Sunday night, after Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) upheld the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

After criticizing the Brazilian electoral system for several weeks and repeatedly asking in the presidential debates whether he would accept the final result of the election, Bolsonaro he went to sleep without acknowledging his rival’s victory or congratulating him.

During Monday, there was speculation about Bolsonaro’s possible statement, but some media announced that it will not happen before Tuesday.

“This is the first time since 1998, when electronic ballot boxes were introduced and election results began to be counted quickly, that a candidate has avoided making public statements after his defeat was made official,” BBC Brazil’s Nathalia Passarinho said.

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