Brazil: Diving into Uncertainty


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By Marcus Rocha*

Brazilian presidential candidates 2018 Brazilian presidential candidates, from left to right: Lula da Silva, Jair Bolsonaro, Geraldo Alckmin, Marina Silva, and Ciro Gomes. / Wikimedia, edited

With voting just a little under four weeks off, Brazil faces the most confusing, unpredictable, and consequential election since democratization in the 1980s.  The two leading contenders – former President “Lula” da Silva and firebrand conservative Jair Bolsonaro – are in jail and the hospital recovering from a stabbing, respectively, but the former is being left behind, and the latter is likely to try to use his victimhood to overcome other weaknesses.  At a point that Brazil needs stability and leadership, it is lurching toward an election that appears unlikely to produce either.

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1 Response to Brazil: Diving into Uncertainty

  1. I must say that I find it unhealthy for democracy when there are only two strong parties in a country. Look at what happens in the US or in Germany for that matter. It is better to have more parties so that they have to form coalitions to be able to gouvern. I think this way larger portions of the population might actually be represented. With the two party system, a third of the population is always happy, while the other third is frustrated, and the last third is always frustrated. But I am far from being an expert, of course, I just observe. 😉

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