Brazil Elections: Shaken by Corruption, Many Are Asking If Democracy Is Worth Defending

Brazil Elections: Shaken by Corruption, Many Are Asking If Democracy Is Worth Defending

November 6, 2018 0 By NewsTakers

Most Brazilians are not happy with their democracy.
But democracy must prevail if the country is to prevent future generations from growing up in darkness and repeating the mistakes of the past.
Unaware or unmoved by the crimes committed by the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985, many have decided it is time to give Jair Bolsonaro “a chance”.
Still, he nurtures a longing for a time that many Brazilian would prefer to forget and opposes calling Brazil’s military regime a dictatorship.
After nearly thirty years in Congress, he currently represents the Social Liberal Party, a small party with just eight out of the five hundred and thirteen seats in the lower house.
The worst recession in the country’s history, Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and the lack of confidence in political institutions help explain how a far-right politician who champions intolerance, hate, racism and militarism is Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate today.
Still, the fragmentation of the Brazilian electoral system makes it very difficult to predict what will happen on October 7.
Lula da Silva remains the country most popular politician.
Haddad, a former mayor of São Paulo and former minister of education, was responsible for expanding the country’s education system, building new universities and opening their doors to students from different social and racial backgrounds.
But democracy must prevail if the country is to prevent future generations from growing up in darkness and repeating the mistakes of the past.

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