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Elections in Brazil: what is the scenario for the second round?

Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential elections with 46.8% of the votes and Haddad was left with 28.2%, so both will reach the second round

Elections in Brazil: what is the scenario for the second round?

As the latest polls, released on Saturday, predicted, Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential elections with 46.8% of the votes and Haddad won 28.2%.

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They were followed by Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Labor Party (PDT) with 12.5%, Geraldo Alckmin of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party with 5% and João Amoêdo of the Novo Party with 2.7%.

Since none reached more than half of the valid votes, the two will have to measure themselves in a second round scheduled for day 28, in which the far-right Bolsonaro has an advantage.

Faced with this scenario, Rafael Piñeros, coordinator of International Relations of the Faculty of Finance of the University of Externado, explained to the KienyKe newspaper that, "regardless of the candidate who disputes with Bolsonaro on the second day, he would win. It is both the hatred and the popular rejection of his statements and the way in which he would govern, which would make people not vote for him in case of being in the second round. It is clear that 30% would approve it, but more than 50% would say no. "

Yesterday, 146 million voters were summoned throughout Brazil to participate in these elections, which also chose 54 senators, 27 governors, 513 federal deputies, and 1,059 state deputies.

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During the day alleged supporters of Bolsonaro attended the voting centers with firearms, being photographed and filmed in the act of defraying armed, which is considered an electoral crime. This material was published by the Veja and Forum magazines and the Brasil 247 portal.

In addition, the country's electoral environment was marked by the rise of anti-politics after the controversial impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff for manipulation of budgets, a rise in crime, corruption scandals including Odebrecht and economic difficulties.

"These elections have shown how divided Brazil is, and supporters of the right are determined not to allow the Workers' Party, which was led by former President Lula, to return to power," said Katy Watson, BBC correspondent South America.

For its part, "left-wing voters are desperate for a man they do not consider a threat to the young democracy of the country to be elected." But Bolsonaro, a politician who pledges a hard line against crime with less stringent laws for sale of weapons and who has spoken with nostalgia about the military dictatorship, has many followers, "he added.

 

LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

Translated from: 'Elecciones en Brasil: ¿cuál es el escenario para la segunda vuelta?'

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