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A military wave in Brazilian politics? Not so fast…

A military wave in Brazilian politics? Not so fast…
Military exercise in Brasília. Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

When Brazilian voters head to the polls on October 7, they will face an unprecedented situation: two military presidential candidates on the same ballot – former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro and Firefighter Cabo Daciolo (“cabo” means corporal, in Portuguese. In Brazil, the fire department is considered a branch of the military).

The last time the country had multiple military candidates for the presidency, there were no elections – it was during the military dictatorship.

Over 1,100 candidates this year have declared to be in the military (either in active service or retired) – more than ever before in...

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