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Bolsonaro’s quest for a running mate is less than straightforward

Selecting a vice presidential nominee is much more complex than it seems. Jair Bolsonaro will have to cater to his congressional allies, but he will also be careful not to empower anyone that could usurp his position

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President Jair Bolsonaro greets Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto, who he considers as the perfect running mate. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro officially launched negotiations to find a running mate for his 2022 reelection bid, with current Vice President Hamilton Mourão set to part ways with the head of state before October’s election. Mr. Bolsonaro intends to handpick his VP nominee, but political parties within his coalition are already arguing that they should make the selection.

With Mr. Bolsonaro now a formal member of the Liberal Party (PL), the second slot on his ticket is likely come from either the Progressives (PP) party, Republicans party, or the Brazilian Labor Party (PTB) — all part of the so-called “Big Center,”...

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