Brazil faces ‘threat of contemporary dictatorship,’ Workers’ Party candidate says

Sep 29, 2018

Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad took part in a press conference in São Paulo on Monday and addressed the rise of movements against far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in the lead in opinion polls since ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was barred from running for office.

Haddad, a former minister of Education, said Brazil is facing “a threat of contemporary forms of dictatorship,” even though no clear consensus exists among the economic elite regarding an endorsement for Bolsonaro.

All kinds of demonstrations will be staged by those who are committed to democracy. The ruling class is not unified. A lot of people are feeling embarrassed about what is happening.

The Workers’ Party candidate said he is not only concerned about the election race, but about whether the results will be respected. The first round will take place on Oct. 7 and a runoff election may take place on Oct. 28 in case no candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote.

As an example of antidemocratic practices, the left-wing candidate looked back at the backlash from Dilma Rousseff’s Opposition after she was reelected president.

In 2014, they created a ‘three-round’ election. It’s not obvious that whoever gets elected will be able to rule.