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Bolsonaro banned from running for office for 8 years

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will not be allowed to run for office again until 2030. 

Electoral judges voted on Friday to ban the former leader from public leadership for eight years. 

The court determined that Bolsonaro attacked public confidence in the country’s democratic institutions and deemed the former leader a threat to political tensions.

The decision was made with four out of seven votes by the Superior Electoral Court.

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Brazilian army soldiers take measures as they dismantle camps installed by supporters of former President Jair Messias Bolsonaro, outside the Eastern Military Command, central area of Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 9, 2023. ( Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Bolsonaro, who lost his election against left-wing opponent Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2022, launched an aggressive campaign against the Brazilian government that claimed the election was stolen.

One week after Lula took office, Bolsonaro’s supporters raided and trashed the buildings of the Supreme Court, Congress and the presidential palace. Hundreds of them are expected to stand trial.

BRAZIL’S NATIONAL CONGRESS, OTHER SITES RAIDED BY PRO-BOLSONARO PROTESTERS OPPOSING LULA VICTORY

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a military promotion ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

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Bolsonaro has denied any wrongdoing in all cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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