Opinion

By endorsing Lula, Simone Tebet may help save Brazil’s party system

Senator Simone Tebet endorsed Lula in the runoff against Jair Bolsonaro. Brazil's party system hinges on her party and Lula's burying the hatchet

Senator Simone Tebet could rebuild bridges between Brazil's two main parties — the Workers' Party and the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB). Photo: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress
Senator Simone Tebet could rebuild bridges between Brazil’s two main parties — the Workers’ Party and the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB). Photo: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress

Jair Bolsonaro’s electoral resilience in Sunday’s election essentially led three of the top five parties in Brazil to their grave. And if the president does get re-elected at the end of the month, the only two survivors will likely perish as well. To avoid such a dreadful outcome to the Brazilian party system, as well as keep alive the history that started with the end of the military dictatorship in the 1980s, these two survivors need to forge an alliance.

Seems like a no-brainer? Well, it is not. 

The leftist Workers’ Party and the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement party...

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