Why are Brazil’s election leaders so politically isolated?

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2018 election: Ciro Gomes set to be isolated

Back in February, when polls showed that outsiders could be powerful presidential candidates in the upcoming October election, we at The Brazilian Report showed a much bleaker picture, saying Brazilian politics wouldn’t be renewed in 2018. As a matter of fact, we can’t say that voters have rejected a renewal – as the old establishment never gave it a chance in the first place.

“Traditional political forces are operating intensely to keep the status quo,” comments Carlos Melo, a political scientist and professor at the São Paulo-based Insper Business...

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