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While Bolsonaro remains silent, his allies begin accepting defeat

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has heavily borrowed from Donald Trump’s playbook in his effort to discredit Brazil’s electoral system, is currently losing something more than yesterday’s election: time.

To varying degrees, several of Mr. Bolsonaro’s most prominent allies have already recognized President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s victory, as have the Superior Electoral Court, the heads of both the House and Senate, and several major world leaders.

But Mr. Bolsonaro, more than 12 hours after the result became final, has yet to open his mouth.

Brazil’s electoral system makes the strategy of a US-style “Big Lie” much more difficult….

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