Brazil’s current election cycle has exacerbated the divisions in Brazilian society and polarized the electorate, and will ultimately perpetuate the country’s political crisis. In terms of landmass and population, Brazil is very similar to the United States. It is an enormous country with a large, diverse population that has multiple economic centers. There are big discrepancies between household income, education, health care and standard of living among the different regions. In other words, there are many competing interests in Brazilian society. The needs of the poorer northeast are very different from those of the industrial, prosperous states in the southeast. An end to the country’s political crisis required a candidate to emerge who could unify the population, and that didn’t happen.
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Instead, the political crisis generated a diverse group of presidential candidates – 13 in total – in which those with extreme political stances outperformed mode
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