London – Some foreign officials have begun to use Wednesday’s riots in the U.S. Capitol, as well as President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, to undermine not only American influence but also confidence in the democratic process in their own countries and even warn their democratically minded dissidents.
Brazilian populist far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has long supported President Trump, said Thursday it was a lack of confidence in the US election result that led to the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday.
Bolsonaro has reiterated Mr Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in the US election since the November vote, and on Thursday reiterated unsubstantiated claims that his own 2018 victory in Brazil – which he won after a runoff to get a razor-thin margin – was tarnished by fraud. He has falsely claimed that he should have won the first round immediately.
Bolsonaro said without providing evidence that Brazil’s internationally recognized electronic voting system could be vulnerable to tampering. He has undermined confidence in this system while advocating a return to paper votes.
“The problem is mistrust, a lack of transparency. There could have been an audit [of the U.S. election]and they didn’t. You pinched. People say this is not our problem, but it is a problem because we cannot allow it to happen. We have a choice here in 2022 and we are not being screened. “
Amid criticism of the US system by members of the ruling Russian party, a senior lawmaker took the opportunity to directly undercut a campaign for American-style democracy in his own country following Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol.
“We are on the verge of reassessing the standards promoted by the United States of America and exporting its vision of democracy and partisan systems around the world,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, spokesman for the lower house of Russia’s parliament, said on his website.
“Those in our country like to relate to theirs [U.S.] Example will also have to rethink the views that are passed on as advanced, “continued President Vladimir Putin’s close ally.
Another ally of Putin and the chairman of the international affairs committee in the lower house of parliament or the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky, told reporters that the United States could no longer impose electoral standards on other countries.
“All of this threatens to turn into a crisis of the American power system in the new century,” said Slutsky.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in one form or another since 2003, when they were first imposed for undemocratic practices, widespread government-sponsored violence, and human rights abuses.
“The United States shares the same fundamental interest as the Zimbabwean people: a stable, peaceful, democratic Zimbabwe that reflects the will of the people and cares for their needs. Our support for the people of Zimbabwe includes ensuring that these Zimbabweans maintain their positions of power use to undermine democratic progress, does not benefit from their actions, “said the US State Department in a statement.
“We have made it clear that credible, transparent and lasting democratic reforms must precede the easing of restrictive measures,” said the declaration, explaining the relationship between the US and Zimbabwe.
When the sanctions were extended in March last year, the White House said Zimbabwe had “ample opportunity to implement reforms that will put the country on a constructive path, stabilize the South African region and open the door to greater cooperation with the United States Unfortunately, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has not yet signaled credible political will to implement such reforms. In fact, the Zimbabwean government has last year prosecuted critics and the economic mismanagement in which security forces carry out extrajudicial killings, rape and alleged murders have carried out, arguably accelerated kidnappings of numerous dissidents. “
On Wednesday, as the angry mob stormed the U.S. legislature’s seat, Mnangagwa said in a tweet that the United States no longer had a leg to stand on.
“Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions against Zimbabwe and raised concerns about democracy in Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said. “Yesterday’s events showed that the US has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of maintaining democracy. These sanctions must end.”
Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, citing concerns about democracy in Zimbabwe.
Yesterday’s events showed that the US has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of maintaining democracy. These sanctions must end.
– President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 7, 2021
Alexandra Odynova of CBS News in Moscow contributed to this report.