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Brazil’s Presidential Elections, a Framework Whose Definitions Are Still Unclear

Left: Marina Silva; Center left: Ciro Gomes; Center: Joaquim Barbosa; Center right: Geraldo Alkmin; Right: Jair Bolsonaro


At least six months before the presidential election day, not only is it not known who will be preferred by the voters, but also who the candidates will be. Bolsonaro is the only candidate who defines himself as the right wing. Marina Silva and Ciro Gomes dispute the political spoils left by Lula da Silva’s absence.

Lula da Silva, convicted of corruption and money laundering, is barred from competing. Joaquim Barbosa, who became the first judge to indict and convict corrupt politicians in Brazil, became an icon of the crusade in the fight against corruption. He was also the country’s first black Supreme Court justice.

Corruption is the main concern among Brazilian voters, according many polls. Barbosa’s likely entry into the presidential race shuffles positions. Geraldo Alkmin is perhaps the most affected. Facing an avalanche of judicial accusations for corruption, Alkmin fights for the same segment as Barbosa’s, namely voters on the center.

Barbosa has not yet said whether he will be a candidate, but, on April 6, has already registered as a member of the center-left Brazilian Socialist Party, one day before the deadline for potential presidential candidates to take part in the election.

“His campaign won’t be based on polarization,” Carlos Siqueira, the president of the party, said in an interview. “It will be about his clean, honest name and about a black man who comes from humble origins and made it to the Supreme Court and now could reach the presidency.”