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Voters Debate the Merits Of Democracy As Far-Right Candidate Leads Polls

Should Brazil stick to democracy, or not? Unlikely as it might seem to outsiders, this has been a key debating point as Latin America’s largest country edges towards its election.
With just two days to go, a new survey by Datafolha suggests 69% of Brazilians believe democracy is the best way forward.
However, some are concerned that leading candidate Jair Bolsonaro – a far-right former army captain – will threaten this path.
He has talked positively of the military junta which ruled the country from 1964 to 1985 and promised to fill his cabinet with generals.
“I’m in favour of a dictatorship!” he said boldly in a 1993 speech, Reuters news agency reports. “We will never resolve grave national problems with this irresponsible democracy!”
Current polling has him on a comfortable 35%, which is set to take him into the second round where he is likely to meet left-wing Fernando Haddad, standing for the Workers’ Party (PT).

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