REACTION: A Third Term for Brazil’s Lula
A stunning turnaround for the leader comes just days short of the third anniversary of his leaving jail—and marks the first time an incumbent loses reelection in Brazil.
AQ Podcast: How Evangelicals Are Transforming Politics in Latin America
An overview of evangelical Christianity in politics in the region – past, present and future.
What If Jair Bolsonaro Wins?
Once deemed unlikely, reelection would allow Brazil’s president to double down on his cultural agenda and bring an uncertain outlook for foreign policy and the economy.
The Rise of Congress Will Have Consequences for Brazil’s Victor
New powers for Congress mean increased checks on the executive, regardless of whether Lula or Bolsonaro wins on October 30.
REACTION: Brazil Heads to Runoff Election
The first-round vote ended with a margin much slimmer than expected between the main candidates, President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
AQ Podcast: Brazil’s Election and the Risk of an Institutional Standoff
Political analyst Thomas Traumann on the final weeks of the campaign and what could happen next
Brazil’s Election: A Looming Crisis for Washington
A meeting between the two presidents in Los Angeles foreshadowed bigger trouble ahead, as Bolsonaro looks set to challenge the vote.
Why Reelection Would Embolden Bolsonaro Even More
Recent history shows that authoritarian-leaning leaders become much more aggressive after winning reelection.
All Eyes on Brazil’s Military as Election Approaches
Amid fears Bolsonaro may try to prevent a peaceful transition, generals emerge as key power brokers.
Have Brazilians Given Up on Bolsonaro?
The sinking approval ratings for Brazil’s president could be permanent, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.
Misinformation Is Threatening Brazil’s Elections, Too
Municipal campaigns are awash with misleading propaganda, in a warning sign for the rest of the region.
Brazil’s Municipal Elections Yield Mixed Results for the Ruling PT
As part of its quadrennial electoral process, Brazil held simultaneous local elections on Sunday in over 5,560 municipalities. In all, roughly 140 million votes were cast—normal turnout, since voting is mandatory in Brazil. Voters chose from among nearly 480,000 candidates to determine the mayors (prefeitos), deputy mayors (vice-prefeitos) and local councils (vereadores) across the country. … Read more