Brazil’s Next President Will Govern a Polarized and Angry Country

Bolsanaro vs Lula in brazil's debate ahead of a presidential election
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a presidential debate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 16, 2022 (AP photo by Marcelo Chello).

Based on the results of the first-round voting in Brazil’s presidential election and current polling, Lula da Silva is expected to defeat Jair Bolsonaro in the second-round runoff on Oct. 30. But no matter who wins, the next president of Brazil will face a polarized political system and disillusioned electorate.

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