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Brazil’s Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula

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The Latest: Former Brazil President Rousseff casts ballot

nextImage 1 of 2Voters wait in line at a polling station in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Brazilians choose among 13 candidates for president Sunday in one of the most unpredictable and divisive elections in decades. If no one gets a majority in the first round,


Brazil's former leader Rousseff fails in bid for Senate seat

Analysts said Rousseff was a victim of a widespread collapse in support for the Workers' Party of her mentor, jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in the south of the country.


Fernandez, Rousseff to Headline G20 Counter-Summit

The 13th meeting of Group of Twenty, which is being hosted for the first time in South America, will bring together industrialized and emerging countries and is being chaired by Argentina.


Brazil court upholds Rousseff's Senate candidacy

The TSE confirmed, with the unanimous vote of its seven members, the decision announced last month by the Electoral Tribunal of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais to allow Rousseff to run in the face of a dozen legal challenges.


WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

Bolsonaro's rival, Fernando Haddad, said that, if true, the scheme would amount to illegal campaign practices and asked Brazil's electoral court to investigate. Haddad, who became the candidate for the left-leaning Workers' Party after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was banned because of

AP - 2018-10-19 19:26:17

Brazil swings toward Trumpism

If I told you that a presidential candidate is being roundly criticized for making outrageous statements, is being blamed for violence at his rallies, and is running against someone facing serious charges of corruption, you might think that I am rehashing the 2016 U.S. election.

THE HILL - 2018-10-18 22:00:06

What we know so far about the illegal donations scandal involving Jair Bolsonaro

Earlier today, Brazil’s biggest newspaperFolha de S.Paulorevealedthat Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign has been receiving illegal donations. According to the newspaper, business owners have paid technology companies to spread content favorable to the candidate via messaging app WhatsApp. Brazilian electora

BRAZILIAN.REPORT - 2018-10-18 21:28:35

The only man who can stop Jair Bolsonaro from becoming Brazil’s president

PERSONALITIES USUALLYmatter more in Brazilian politics than parties do. But if Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist, wins the presidential election on October 28th, it will be largely because voters despise the left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) of his run-off rival, Fernando Haddad (pictured). Dislike

THE ECONOMIST - 2018-10-20 00:00:00

Flashback From 1960s: Risk of Military Coup Looms Over Brazil - Scholar

A professor from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, political scientist Clarisse Gurgel, commented on the election results in an interview with Sputnik.


UPDATE 1-Brazil far-right candidate could revise pre-salt oil...

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro could revise the country’s model of production-sharing contracts in its coveted pre-salt oil fields if he wins this month’s election, newspaper Valor reported on Monday.


The changed face of Brazil's elected officials

There were, however, some surprises in there, such as the astounding increase of party fragmentation in Congress, the amazing success of Mr. Bolsonaro’s party in legislative races, the crushing defeats of political chiefs in senatorial and gubernatorial elections, and the unexpected rise of some can


The Most Important Presidential Race in Brazilian History

The unexpected strength of the far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in the October 7 Brazilian elections sent shockwaves throughout the country. Capturing46% of the popular votein the first round of the presidential contest, Bolsonaro now faces a run-off race on October 28 against Fernando Haddad of t


Brazil far-right candidate could revise pre-salt oil contracts -...

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro could revise the country’s model of production-sharing contracts in its coveted pre-salt oil fields if he wins this month’s election, newspaper Valor reported on Monday.


The far-right threat that looms in Brazil

FAR-RIGHT presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro won a shocking 46 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s elections on October 7, setting up a runoff with second-place finisher Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), which will take place on October 28.


Is Brazil about to Have Its Last Democratic Election?

Afounding election, according to studies of democratization, is the crucial first election after the end of an authoritarian regime. So what shall we call the opposite—elections where the voters decide whether they will put an end to democracy and turn to authoritarianism? A “shutdown election” migh


Ex minister involves Lula directly in corruption practices to ensure funding for Rousseff's campaign

Lawyers for Lula, who was jailed in April and barred from running for office due to a corruption conviction, said publication of the testimony was politically motivated to harm Lula and his party.


Brazil Elections: 13 Years of Achievements Under PT Gov'ts of Lula and Dilma

Former PresidentLuiz Inacio Lula da Silvaonce said he "never thought that putting a plate of food on a poor man's table would generate so much hatred from an elite that they don't get fed up with throwing food away every day." Such comments could explain the constant attacks directed at the Workers


‘Why did far-right Bolsonaro do so well in Brazil? The centre-right’s complete disregard for democracy’

With 46 per cent of eligible votes, a far-right demagogue known for his racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and dictatorship-praising comments nearly won the presidency of Brazil outright in last night’s first-round elections. Over 49 million Brazilians voted for Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain


A right turn for Brazil? - AEI

The tough-talking populist Jair Bolsonaro upended Brazil’s political order by winning 46 percent of the valid votes in the first round of presidentialballotingon Sunday. Left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad won 29 percent and will face Bolsonaro in the October 28th runoff. Establi