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How important is the vice president in Brazil?

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Elected Vice President, Michel Temer took over in 2016. Photo: Lula Marques/AGPT

Back in 2014, then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden used one word to sum up his job: “a bitch.” In the U.S., though, the vice president has important responsibilities, such as serving as the president of the Senate and deciding votes when there’s a deadlock. Americans even hold vice presidential debates during election seasons, to assess who will be the future second in command. In Brazil, the office is pretty much ignored by the public, with virtually no institutional responsibilities other than being an emergency “just-in-case” option.

While vice presidential nominees are hardly the stars once the campaign starts, there...

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