Brazil is staging its first presidential election debate with eight of the crowded field locking horns but also one notable absentee – jailed frontrunner ex president Lula da Silva. Thirteen candidates have officially entered the election, which starts with a first round October 7 and is almost sure to go to a run-off two weeks later.14 comments
Brazil's ex president and currently jailed for corruption, Lula da Silva is expected to secure his Workers Party's nomination this Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country's most unpredictable presidential election for decades.
Five allied political parties endorsed the presidential nominee of the bigger business friendly Brazilian Social Democracy Party on Thursday, giving a boost to the man seen as the establishment candidate in Brazil's fractured political landscape.
Brazil's far-right presidential hopeful, Jair Bolsonaro, officially kicked off his campaign on Sunday, blasting the political center but softening his incendiary stance on gays and blacks three months before wide-open October elections.
Business-friendly Brazilian presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin got the strongest boost yet to his campaign after a centrist coalition agreed to back him and chose their potential vice-presidential pick.
Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is the clear frontrunner in Brazil’s election in October with up to 25% of voter support, followed by center-left populist Ciro Gomes with 12%, a new poll revealed on Tuesday.
Incumbent president Michel Temer and candidates for this year's elections Henrique Meirelles (PSD), Manuela d'Avila (PCdoB), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) and Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) Wednesday condemned the attack against the caravan of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) in the south of the country.
The governor of Sao Paulo and likely centrist presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin said that he would privatize Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras if he wins the elections in October.
Vice-president Michel Temer patiently preparing a coalition and a basic program if Dilma Rousseff is finally impeached said he will not be standing as a candidate for Presidency in 2018. Furthermore, he said he will support the proposal to end presidential re-election in Brazil.
Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, if he decided to run again in 2018 as his Workers Party insists, would lose the presidential contest against any of three potential candidates from the leading opposition party, PSDB, (Brazilian Social Democracy) according to a public opinion poll released this week.