In this week’s issue: The most important facts of the week. Brazilian voters Googling their candidates. The unclear facts surrounding Jair Bolsonaro’s stabbing.
The week in review
- Anti-Bolsonaro front. Former president Fernando Henrique Cardosopublished a letter asking all centrist candidates to rally around a single name to defeat far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, without mentioning who that “chosen one” would be. Later, on Twitter, Mr. Cardoso said that fellow party member Geraldo Alckmin was the one who fit the profile. The request was disdained by all candidates, however, who called it an anti-democratic move to boycott their presidential candidacies.
- Marielle Franco. One of the main suspects in the assassination of Rio de Janeiro councilor Marielle Franco said that she was killed by the “Office of Crime,” a group led by a former chief of the Rio special forces and made up of military policemen and ex-policemen. Due to its connections inside the police, the group is notorious for its extremely well-planned assassinations. The witness said that the crime cost BRL 200,000 – but did not say who ordered it.