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Can the left thrive in Brazil’s Congress without the Workers’ Party?

Can the left thrive in Brazil's Congress without the Workers' Party?
Ciro Gomes and Marina Silva were no match for the Workers’ Party

The 2018 Brazilian presidential election was marked, among other things, by the sheer inability of political figures left of center to break with the hegemony of the Workers’ Party. Candidate Ciro Gomes got the closest to doing so, having negotiated coalition deals with pretty much any available party around, from the extreme left to the hard right. But former President Lula, from prison, commanded a strategy to isolate Mr. Gomes and keep the Workers’ Party (even with an understudy as candidate) as the sole major force in the left.

Things could change now, as at...

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