A divisible President

A divisible President


Political polarization, disillusionment with corruption and the collapse of the state. An election campaign filled with controversy in which false news were more commented than debates and proposals. These are the main marks of the Brazilian presidential election that is about to have a final outcome. 147 million voters will choose who will be the new head of State.

The campaign thwarted most analysts, who predicted the most disputed election since the country's redemocratization in 1989, given the involvement of politicians in corruption scandals and the effects of a severe economic crisis. Bipolarization has become one of the strongest marks of Brazil's 2018 presidential elections.

Luiz Antonio Dias, a historian and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), voters' adherence to two opposing poles - the far-right represented by candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) and the progressive left wing personified by Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT) - was not a surprise.

"In this election there was a certain sense of hopelessness. One has the impression that in both sides - the Workers Party and Jair Bolsonaro - many voters voted who they believed to be a lesser evil," he said.