Tomorrow Decides Brazil’s Next 4 years

Tomorrow’s the second and final round of the presidential election and no one is holding their breath. Dilma Rouseff is poised to win, buoyed almost wholly by disproportionate popularity in the North-east of the country. A northeasterner himself, Lula has tremendous pull in this area. The PT’s popularity also owes much to the expansive success of a government program of conditional-cash-transfers, Bolsa Familia (send kids to school, receive cash from government). Meanwhile, the south and southeast of the country is expected to vote...

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The Believably Unbelievable

Some disheartening facts from the recent Brazilian election, -Out of a total of 136 million eligible Brazilian voters, 18 million did not vote in the recent election, in a country where voting is mandatory for all citizens. This is nearly 15 percent of the electorate. -The “clean docket” (Ficha Limpa) law was passed just before the election, which prohibits criminally convicted politicians from being elected to public office. The Supreme court is currently reviewing the constitutionally of the law, and in the meantime, the ...

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