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Podcast: Debating Bolsonaro’s Risks to Democracy

The Eurasia Group’s Chris Garman discusses the consequences of Brazil’s Oct. 28 presidential vote on this episode of “Deep South.”
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Jair Bolsonaro is the heavy favorite heading into Sunday’s second-round presidential vote in Brazil. What would his victory mean for the country? On this episode of “Deep South,” Chris Garman, managing director for the Americas at the Eurasia group, says that frustration with the political class could limit Bolsonaro's ambitions once in office. “In this environment of deep disenchantment, the honeymoon will tend to be short,” Garman said. “If an institutional and economic crisis emerges, I think that the larger risk is to Bolsonaro’s mandate, not to the democratic institutions themselves.” Garman joins AQ’s editor-in-chief Brian Winter to debate the long-term consequences of Sunday’s vote.

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