The White House on Tuesday urged Brazil to conduct a “free, fair” election next month, warning against violence and saying the United States will be watching the vote “closely.”
“We’re going to monitor them closely and have the trust in the strength of Brazil’s democratic institutions,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.
Brazilians will vote October 2 in the first round of the presidential contest, where polls show leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leading against right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. Voters will also cast their ballot for Congress and regional officials.
Tensions are rising amid growing violence and fears that Bolsonaro may emulate his former ally Donald Trump’s defiant attempt to overturn his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential elections.
Jean-Pierre said “we have seen recent reports of violence and although the right to protest is fundamental in any democracy, the United States condemns any violence and urges Brazilians to make their voices heard in a peaceful manner.”
“As a partner, a partner democracy to Brazil, we will continue to follow the elections with the full expectation that they will be conducted in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner, with all relevant institutions operating in accordance with the constitutional (order),” she said.