Brazil's leftist parties to boycott Bolsonaro's inauguration

Brazil's leftist parties to boycott Bolsonaro's inauguration

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's largest left-leaning opposition parties will boycott the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1.

The Workers' Party, which governed between 2003 and 2016, and the Socialism and Liberty Party said Friday their lawmakers will not attend the ceremony.

Several members of the Communist Party of Brazil also said they will shun the inauguration of the far-right leader.

The Workers' Party had fielded former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate and he was considered the front-runner in October's election until he was barred from running after being jailed for corruption and money laundering.

Party officials said they recognize the legitimacy of the results of the vote, but challenge the electoral process itself.

The three parties will have 75 of the 513 lawmakers in Brazil's lower house.

Updated : 2021-02-26 09:11 GMT+08:00