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How the coronavirus affected Brazil’s 2020 election

The coronavirus created health and economic challenges, but Brazil's politicians have failed to produce concrete proposals to face the crisis

How the coronavirus affected Brazil's 2020 election
Workers’ Party candidate Jilmar Tatto of São Paulo during a campaign rally. Photo: Filipe Araujo/FP

Upon registering a candidacy for public office, every Brazilian politician must submit their government manifesto to electoral authorities. The requirement is a way to make their campaign promises available to voters and help people make educated choices at polling stations, armed with the knowledge of where candidates stand on particular issues. The 2020 municipal election comes amid the worst health crisis in the last century — and just before a possible second coronavirus wave. We at The Brazilian Report examined major candidates’ manifestos in detail, thinking the coronavirus would have heavily influenced their proposals.

Well, we were wrong.

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