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Brazil's Lula says it does not tolerate threats to institutions

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SAO PAULO — Former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads the vote for Brazil's October presidential election, did not tolerate the threat to the institution on Saturday, and the army committed to democracy. He said he needed to.

"We need to overcome the threat of authority and anti-democraticism. We do not tolerate any kind of threat to the institutions that represent the popularity vote," Lula said in a speech in the northeastern city of Salvador. Said.

Three other presidential candidates also attended the event to celebrate the independence of Bahia, including right-wing President Jail Borsonaro running for reelection.

Lula was President of Brazil from 2003 to 2011.

Military leaders have repeatedly stated that Brazilian troops respect the outcome of the election, but military officials have repeatedly talked about Borsonaro's comments. Potential weaknesses in Brazil's voting system.

Former Army Captain Bolsonaro has placed several military personnel in important positions traditionally held by government civilians. In May, he suggested that the army should carry out its own parallel votes alongside the court.

Borsonaro has threatened not to accept the results of the October presidential election since last year, and tried to amend the constitution of Brazil's voting method, but failed and went to the paper voting system. Advocated the return of. .. His reasons for these actions are based on ongoing and unproven fraud claims in the country's electronic voting system.

Lula said at an event on Saturday, "We need to reconstruct an environment of political, economic and institutional stability that provides confidence and security for investments that are interested in the development of the country." Stated.

He defended the importance of the military to the country and emphasized that it must have a commitment to democracy.

"The independent sovereign Brazil we want cannot give up on its army. Not only is it well trained and equipped, but above all it is committed to democracy. "I'm out," said Lula.

In a Datafolha opinion survey at the end of June, Lula gained 47% of support for 28% of Bolsonaro. (Additional report by Camilla Moreira in Sao Paulo, written by Steven Grattan, edited by Matthew Lewis)