Opinion

Brazil’s recurring phenomenon of joke candidates

Brazil 2018 election joke candidates presidential race voting
Cabo Daciolo is one of 2018’s joke candidates

It has been 36 years since Brazil returned to a widely competitive electoral system, after roughly two decades of authoritarianism. During the military dictatorship, electoral competition was not completely suppressed, although severely hampered. A symbol of the new democratic era was the return of a multi-partisan system.

Multi-partisanship had previously existed during two periods of Brazilian history: the First Republic (between 1889 and 1930), which was marked by local parties that held near-monopolies in each state, and the post-war Second Republic (between 1945 and 1964). Sandwiched in the middle of those two eras was the authoritarian rule of Getúlio Vargas.

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