According to Reuters, Brazil’s Federal Electoral Court (TSE) is investigating the funding of last week’s demonstrations in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, as well as suspected election campaigning outside of the permitted time limit.
Bolsonaro, who is behind in the polls ahead of next year’s election, was counting on the Sept. 7 marches to energize his supporters, relieve judiciary pressure, and resurrect his re-election chances. Although the rallies drew big audiences and avoided the violence that some had predicted, few regarded them as a game-changer for Bolsonaro.
The TSE’s investigation is being overseen by Luis Felipe Salomao, the inspector general of electoral justice, according to the source, who was not allowed to speak publicly. The inquiry will look into who funded for protestors from all around Brazil to travel to the demonstrations.
The investigation comes at a difficult moment for Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has presided over the world’s second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak while also dealing with increasing inflation and a sluggish economy.