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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