Brazil: A Presidential Choice Reflects the Country's Political Divide

Oct 8, 2018 | 18:58 GMT


Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has advanced to a runoff in the Brazilian presidential election, where he will face Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party. With 46 percent of the vote, Bolsonaro, who campaigned on a populist platform and promised to root out corruption and improve public security, fell just shy of the 50 percent threshold required to win the election outright. Haddad captured 29 percent of the first-round vote in which 73 percent of eligible voters participated -- a normal for Brazil, where voting is compulsory....

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