Sore Loser

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro broke his silence two days after losing Sunday’s presidential runoff, saying there will be a transition of power – but failed to acknowledge his defeat against Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the BBC reported Tuesday. On Sunday, electoral authorities declared Lula –...

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The Revolving Door

Brazil’s former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated conservative incumbent Jair Bolsonaro Sunday, in what has been described as Brazil’s most significant election since the return of democracy to the Latin American nation almost 40 years ago, Reuters reported. With 99.8 percent of...

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No Joy in Mudville

Supporters of left-wing Brazilian politician and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or simply “Lula,” suffered a rude awakening recently when, rather than easily winning his country’s presidential race, he now must face the incumbent right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff on Oct. 30. As...

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Detente

Former leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva secured a narrow lead in Brazil’s presidential elections Sunday but failed to win enough votes to avoid a runoff against far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, NPR reported. With the majority of the votes counted, da Silva had won 48.4...

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The Time To Choose

Tanks rolled and soldiers marched through the streets of the Brazilian capital of Brasilia recently. They were ostensibly celebrating the 200th anniversary of the South American country’s independence from Portugal. But the military parades on Sept. 7 had a different tone this year. In July, while...

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Broken Record

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro met with dozens of foreign diplomats this week to present allegations regarding supposed vulnerabilities in Brazil’s electronic voting system ahead of October’s presidential elections, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. In a meeting at the presidential palace, Bolsonaro did not provide concrete evidence...

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Too Many Eyes

Brazil’s electoral body withdrew its invitation for the European Union to send election observers for the upcoming presidential polls, a request that had been made initially because of concerns over President Jair Bolsonaro's criticism of the electoral process, Reuters reported. The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) had...

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Staying Transparent

Brazil’s electoral authority for the first time invited European Union representatives to observe its upcoming presidential elections amid fears that far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will reject the results if they do not show him winning reelection, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said...

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Hands and Tills

Two evangelical pastors in Brazil allegedly used their influence with the Education Ministry to steer funds to their allies, a burgeoning scandal hitting the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces reelection this year, the Associated Press reported. Major Brazilian publications released stories and leaked audio...

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