Opinion

Why has Brazil’s far-right failed to form its own party?

President Bolsonaro's plan to create his very own political party flopped, amid short-term thinking and split opinions on the far-right

far-right Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters in Goiânia. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters in Goiânia. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Over the last four years, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has time and again shown his ability to radicalize his electoral base. However, whenever he has attempted to take the next step in consolidating his political constituency — by forming his own party — he has come up against a brick wall. The so-called Alliance for Brazil, his planned far-right party, still lingers unregistered in Brazil’s Electoral Court due to a shortage of endorsing signatures. When it became clear that his plan had flopped, Mr. Bolsonaro joined the Liberal Party to run for reelection this year.

That the president...

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