On Friday, September 9 at 19:30 GMT:
Brazilians will head to the polls on October 2 in a presidential election pushed by two veteran candidates: far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and former center-left president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
With Lula leading in the polls, some analysts are saying the potential return to a Lula administration is emblematic of fatigue with Bolsonaro’s presidency following a response to COVID-19 pandemic that left the nation with one of many highest loss of life tolls on this planet, additional deforestation of the Amazon at a second when wildfire season reaches new records, and persistent economic frustrations and considerations round food insecurity in a rustic as soon as lauded for its financial progress.
Bolsonaro remains popular with a powerful base amongst rich and conservative voters in addition to business-leaders. He announced his candidacy with a speech centered on God, weapons and household at a launch ceremony on the finish of July. In the meantime, Lula is main within the polls amongst girls, low earnings, and Black Brazilians and has been described as “campaigning on a message of a return to normalcy, decency, and the great years of his presidency.” Lula’s return to politics has been anticipated following a 2021 Supreme Court docket choice to annul a controversial corruption conviction in 2018 that noticed Lula spend 580 days in prison. Though the costs have been overturned, Bolsonaro and his critics proceed to degree accusations of “large corruption” in opposition to the previous president, most not too long ago within the first presidential debate.
As campaigning proceeds, election-watchers are elevating the alarm over President Bolsonaro’s ongoing attacks on Brazil’s electoral methods which they are saying might lead to a swirl of misinformation and disinformation that might flame election integrity points within the occasion of an in depth consequence. Human Rights Watch has referred to as this election a “important take a look at for democracy and the rule of legislation within the nation and in Latin America.”
On this episode of The Stream we check out the 2 main candidates in Brazil’s presidential election, their key marketing campaign points and what’s at stake for Brazilians.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho @IlonaSzaboC
Co-founder & President, Igarapé Institute
Adriana Schumacher @sfliberty
Brazilian Packages Supervisor, College students for Liberty
Cecilia Tornaghi @ctornaghi
Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly