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Brazil’s center-right struggles to unite around a ‘third way’ candidate

Politicians of the center believe Jair Bolsonaro will arrive wounded at the polls. But plans for a unity candidate in 2022 are beset by internal divisions — and a polarized electorate

center Vaccine success hasn't made São Paulo Governor João Doria a consensual name to challenge Bolsonaro in 2022. Photo: Vitor Vasconcellos/Shutterstock
Vaccine success hasn’t made São Paulo Governor João Doria a consensual name to challenge Bolsonaro in 2022. Photo: Vitor Vasconcellos/Shutterstock

On Thursday, the trial to analyze the alleged bias of former Operation Car Wash judge Sérgio Moro in his conviction of former PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva began in Brazil’s Supreme Court. While Lula’s sentences were quashed by the country’s highest court last month, the outcome of Mr. Moro’s trial is set to have important ramifications on Brazilian politics and the 2022 election.

Lula has recovered his political rights, so the corruption case against him will now return to square one. However, if Mr. Moro is judged to have acted...

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