Bolsonaro and the elections in Brazil


30th October 2018

Ingo Plöger
President of the Strategic Council of CEAL
Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil three hours after the 480,000 electronic ballot boxes closed. The political renewal in Brazil was consecrated by the voters who voted against the old established policy and opted for changes, for zero corruption, for transparency and new habits of conduct.
In the Chamber of Deputies, at a national level, more than 50 percent of the 513 deputies were renewed. Those re-elected were in the minority and the number of parties in the House increased from 25 to 30.
Of the 54 disputed seats (2/3 of the Senate) in the Senate, 46 are occupied by “newbies.” The prediction of political analysts and surveys was about 10 to 20 percent. Traditional parties have had huge losses, and new ones have grown.
The PT Workers Party remains the largest party in Congress, but lost its allies with a simple and qualified majority. The party won governors in five states of the Northeast, a stronghold won during the party’s rule, and also lost in the metropolis where it was born.
Political icons such as former President Dilma Rousseff, who in polls ranked first as a candidate for senator in her state of Minas Gerais, only reached fourth place and wasn’t elected. The “coup” theory falls apart in the case of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. Other traditional parties saw heavy losses, including PSDB, of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, MDB of Michel Temer, among others.
In the case …

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