Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right president-elect accused of campaign funding irregularities

President-elect has been given three days to provide an explanation for the apparent irregularities 

Wednesday 14 November 2018 16:51
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Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s new far-right president has been accused of campaign funding irregularities by the country’s top electoral authority.

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has been given three days to explain possible illegal campaign donations – and a lack of information on how campaign funds were spent and unidentified donors.

The allegations have been made by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) but it is unclear what effect the accusations may have.

“Upon carrying out an examination of the statements and documentation provided by the candidate in accordance with electoral law, some inconsistencies were observed,” TSE analysts wrote.

Mr Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who won Brazil’s presidential election in October, is set to take office in the new year.

He has been dubbed “Trump of the Tropics” by the Brazilian media for his outrageous views.

Mr Bolsonaro managed to win support across the country by promising to lock up crooked politicians and make it easier for police to shoot drug traffickers.

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The ex-army captain has expressed his support for torture, spoken fondly of Brazil’s past military dictatorship and said socialists would have to go overseas or to jail if he won.

His defence team said that the allegations were not a concern.

“There’s nothing that worries us, because the replies ... will demonstrate that (none of the allegations) are grave enough for the campaign’s filings to be rejected,” said Karina Kufa, a lawyer for Mr Bolsonaro.

Prior to the election, the left-wing Workers’ Party of Mr Bolsonaro’s main opponent, Fernando Haddad, filed a complaint with the electoral courts. The party asked for an investigation into allegations of illicit financing of misleading propaganda.

The complaint came after reports that Mr Bolsonaro’s supporters had funded mass messaging attacks against Mr Haddad on Whatsapp.

Agencies contributed to this report

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