Brazil’s Bolsonaro officially launches re-election bid

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has kicked off his candidacy for re-election at a party event in Rio de Janeiro with a speech focused on God, guns and family, as the right-wing leader attempts to claw back the commanding lead established by his main rival, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The right-wing Liberal Party (PL) tapped Bolsonaro as its nominee on Sunday for the October 2 vote before an audience of several thousand in Rio’s Maracanazinho stadium, a move considered the official beginning of Bolsonaro’s candidacy under Brazilian law.

The nomination comes as the president continues to launch baseless attacks on the reliability of the nation’s electronic voting system, casting doubt on whether he would accept defeat.

Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro.

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