Meet Fernando Haddad, Lula’s presidential understudy

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Fernando Haddad in a “Free Lula” event

Brazil’s electoral system is highly digital. The election itself happens entirely through electronic voting machines – and results can be called within a couple of hours after counting has begun. The same goes for all the bureaucratic hoops parties must jump through in order to be a part of the process. The deadline for registering candidacies is today, a procedure which can be done online – a time and cost-saving alternative to going to the Superior Electoral Court, in Brasilia.

But, for the Workers’ Party, the simple act of registering their presidential bid is a political...

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