Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro has said he sees only three alternatives to his future: victory, imprisonment or death in the 2022 presidential election.
At a meeting of evangelical leaders on Saturday, Bolzano said: “There are three alternatives to my future: to be arrested, to be killed, or to win.”
He later said that the first option – arrest – is questionable. “No man on earth will threaten me,” he promised.
His comments come at a time when most polls suggest he is the far-right president behind former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Brazil’s largest evangelical Christian vote is crucial to the presidential election victory in 2018.
Tensions are running high between the country’s judiciary and election officials and the president, who is expected to run for a second term next year.
Bolzano has been questioning the country’s electronic voting system for weeks and has called for the acceptance of paper receipts claiming that electronic voting is fraudulent without proof.
He has also threatened not to accept the results of next year’s presidential election.
At Saturday’s meeting, he again criticized Brazil’s election court. “We have a president who does not want or cause corruption, but there is a limit to everything in life. I can not live with this,” he commented.
On Wednesday, the head of Brazil’s election court insisted there was no problem with the voting system.
Earlier this month, the Brazilian lower house of parliament voted against Bolsanaro’s attempt to change the voting system.
The country is facing a deep political crisis as it fights the corona virus that has killed more than half a million Brazilians, leading to high inflation, hunger and unemployment.
Bolzano suggested this week that everyone in Brazil should have a gun, where gun ownership under his leadership has already risen.
Additional reports from Reuters