Why this far-right candidate could win Brazil's election
Brazil is set to hold the most important election in its history on October 28. In the first round of voting earlier in the month, a field of 13 candidates was narrowed to two.
Fernando Haddad represents the leftist Workersâ Party that has been in power for much of the past two decades. But having received only 29 percent of the vote in the first round, heâs by far the underdog.
Itâs far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro who has gripped the nationâs attention. With 46 percent of the vote, heâs favored to become Brazilâs next president, which would mark a dramatic shift in the countryâs politics.
Bolsonaro is a longtime Congress member who is known for his ultra-conservative and deeply offensive rhetoric. Despite this, heâs drawn huge crowds to his rallies and soared to the top of polls. And that has left minorities in the country worried about their safety and the future of their countryâs democracy.
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