Expert opinion: India has high stakes in Brazil; here’s what election of new President, a former military officer, means for the world and us

After the 2016 impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, indictment of dozens of members of parliament for corruption, imprisonment of former President Lula, one thought Brazil had seen it all. On 28 October, the aftershocks of that political earthquake led to the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President 2019-22.

A former military officer and staunch evangelist, Bolsonaro has represented Rio de Janeiro in Brazil’s Congress (parliament) since 1991. His meteoric rise this year was fuelled by public disgust over corruption, deteriorating living conditions and law and order.

His left-wing challenger, Fernando Haddad, of the Workers Party (PT) did better in the second round with 45 percent to Bolsonaro’s 55. He labored under the shadow of his imprisoned patron, Lula, who may well have won had he been allowed to contest. Read More

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