The military presence in Brazil’s 2018 election

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The number of military men in politics rose in 2018

Retired Army General Hamilton Mourão rose to fame last year, after defending a military coup if Brazil’s Justice system failed to punish corrupt politicians. Now, he is a vice presidential nominee, running alongside far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro – another former member of the Brazilian Armed Forces. They are part of a growing phenomenon in Brazil: the increasing military presence on electoral ballots.

Back in February, Mr. Mourão had promised to organize a “military front” for the elections. “We’ll have candidates in a number of – if not all – states. They will all have the same...

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