Power

Brazil goes to the polls in a litmus test for the country’s young democracy

Jair Bolsonaro has consistently sought to dismiss the trustworthiness of Brazil's electoral system, and he has threatened not to accept the result should it not go his way on Sunday, leaving the country on alert

Over 156 million Brazilians are eligible to vote in 2022. Photo: André Coelho/EFE/Folhapress

Political pundits like to say, every four years, how the upcoming election is unique and a watershed moment for their country. But in the case of Brazil’s 2022 vote, these adjectives seem appropriate. In many ways, this presidential election is unlike any other the country has experienced since the return of democracy almost 40 years ago. It might also be most consequential in Brazil to date.

There are 11 candidates in the running this year, but only two have any chance of winning: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro. It will also be the first time a former...

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