Brazil’s electoral year to be haunted by Rio’s city councilor murder

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Image of Marielle Franco, glued to a lamppost in Brasília. Photo: Fellip Agner/Shutterstock

Since last year, Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) has expressed its concerns about how organized crime could tamper with our elections. From sponsoring corrupt candidates that would turn a blind eye to drug-trafficking gangs to hit jobs against combative politicians, the threat has been palpable.

Similarly, for this year’s election, the writing was on the wall: TSE discussed the potential for politicians to partner up with gang leaders, creating “no-go” zones and threatening candidates that are not part of the “crime consortium,” as the court says.

Still, no investigation was opened to prevent criminal organizations from influencing the elections....

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