Democracy Is on the Ballot in Brazil’s Presidential Election

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a press conference after a presidential debate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 29, 2022 (AP photo by Bruna Brado).

Brazilians go to the polls Sunday in a presidential election pitting left-wing former President Inacio Luiz “Lula” da Silva against the far-right incumbent, President Jair Bolsonaro. The contest has become a poster child of the “democracy versus autocracy” narrative, given Bolsonaro’s populist, authoritarian brand of politics.

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