The electoral court rejected the challenge and issued a fine totalling 22.9 million reais ($4.27 million) for "bad faith litigation" and ruled government funds for the Liberal Party coalition must be suspended until the penalty is paid.
Why it matters
The decision by the electoral court marks the end of Brazil's most right-wing government in decades and confirms the victory of leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The challenge by Bolsonaro's coalition was met with skepticism by election authorities and other political figures who have recognized Lula's victory.
What the papers say
Sources are consistent in reporting the electoral court's decision and the fine imposed on Bolsonaro's coalition. Some sources provide additional context on Bolsonaro's claims of fraud in the election, but these claims are not supported by evidence and are not considered relevant to the court's decision.
How we got here
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the Oct. 30 runoff by a slim margin in a stunning political comeback for the former president, who was sidelined during the previous presidential election because of corruption convictions. Bolsonaro's coalition challenged the election result, claiming without evidence that voting machines were compromised. The challenge was rejected by the electoral court, which confirmed Lula's victory and imposed a fine on Bolsonaro's coalition for "bad faith litigation".
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