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How serious are the Brazilian military’s threats against democracy?

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Brazil’s military has been itching for a place in the spotlight, despite already enjoying the most influence over the government that it’s had since the military dictatorship. Now, the military is looking ahead to October: there are some 48 military personnel running as pre-candidates for the 2018 elections. In a country whose modern history includes a brutal military dictatorship (and several other ruptures from democracy), public statements from prominent military figures are fuelling concerns that the military intervention could make a comeback. But the Army’s growing proximity to the president is also worrying to Brazilians, as are the...

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