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Brazil’s party system is recovering from 2018

The president's Liberal Party now has the biggest bench in the House by some distance. And this could have massive repercussions on the election

Brazil's party system is recovering from 2018
President Bolsonaro during the launch of his presidential candidacy on March 27. If in 2018 he rejected the party system, in 2022 he is fully embracing it. Photo: Fátima Meira/Futura Press/Folhapress

A month ago, we wrote about how the so-called “partisan window” – that is, a period of time during which lawmakers can change parties without losing office – would reshape the political chessboard. The window closed on April 1, with President Jair Bolsonaro the biggest winner of the congressional game of musical chairs, as we reported in Friday’s Brazil Daily newsletter.

Per Brazilian electoral law, seats won in proportional elections (such as those for the House, city councils, and state congresses) belong to parties rather than to candidates. Outside the 30-day window, which closes six months prior to...

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