Brazil Weekly

What are presidential debates good for?

In this week’s issue: The most important facts of the week. Recessions spell trouble for Brazilian leaders. What are presidential debates good for?

The week in review

  • 2018 Election. Eight candidates took part in the campaign’s first debate on Thursday evening. Incarcerated former President Lula, the leader in opinion polls, was denied the right to participate via Skype. Candidates pandered to their own bases and played safe, in an underwhelming and extremely drawn-out broadcast.
  • Lula. After launching Lula as its presidential nominee with former São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad as his running mate, the Workers’ Party declared that Manuela D’Ávila,...
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