All Eyes on Brazil’s Military as Election Approaches

By Oliver Stuenkel

Amid fears Bolsonaro may try to prevent a peaceful transition, generals emerge as key power brokers.

For the first time since Brazil transitioned to democracy in the late 1980s, a cloud of uncertainty is hovering over the upcoming presidential election in the world's fifth-largest democracy. Ten months ahead of the first round on October 2, political analysts not only wonder who will win, but also whether President Bolsonaro will attempt to obstruct the transition of power if he loses to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as polls currently suggest.   A quick concession and congratulatory call by a defeated Bolsonaro to his opponent, as Argentine incumbent...

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