Opinion

How Brazil mainstream parties helped Jair Bolsonaro

How Brazil mainstream parties helped Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro is a by-product of Brazil’s failed political system

“Brazil’s coalition presidential system will be tested like never before. The partisan mainstream that oriented the political system has been shattered,” said political scientist Sérgio Abranches on Sunday, as exit polls showed the right-wing tsunami that swept Brazil. “The Workers’ Party suffers an iconic defeat and gets confined to the Northeast. The results point to a realignment of forces in Congress – with several medium-sized parties but no big party in the House. The new president, whoever he is, will need a broad and heterogeneous coalition – and his fate will rely on his relationship with his new allies,” he...

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