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Bolsonaro no longer the belle of ball for 2022 race

Until April of next year, President Bolsonaro needs to find a new political home if he wants to be on the ballot again. But the offers he is getting are fewer and much less attractive than he would have expected

Bolsonaro celebrating the 1,000-day mark of his presidency. oto: Valdenio Vieira/PR
Bolsonaro celebrating the 1,000-day mark of his presidency. oto: Valdenio Vieira/PR

Re-election is a recent feature in Brazilian political history, with incumbent heads of executive branches only being allowed to run for second consecutive terms since 1998. But since it became legal, every single president who has stood for re-election has been victorious.

The sample size is small but offers a few explanations, nevertheless. Since democratization in the 1980s, Brazil has seen huge levels of economic and human development, as well as improved institutional maturity, which had massive impacts on people’s lives. And presidents reaped the electoral benefits of that improvement. But after the worst decade on record in growth...

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