The texts copied off the Telegram messaging app appear to show Sergio Moro suggesting to prosecutors that they mount a public campaign against the man he was judging, and The Intercept said they raised doubts about Moro’s impartiality in the trial that led to a 12-year prison sentence for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Brazil votes Sunday to elect its next president, and the choice could not be more stark. Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading the polls, has described a Brazil at war: with criminals, with corrupt politicians, with left-wing ideas and, in some ways, with itself. Fernando Haddad, is seen by many as a stand-in for his mentor and the founder of the Workers’ Party, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Here are top things to know about the candidates and their proposals…
But this is not the 1970s. There is certain to be international pushback once his agribusiness allies start tearing down the Amazon. Customers could stop buying Brazilian beef – one of the country’s main exports. Pop stars concerned about the likelihood of alienating international fans may turn down lucrative opportunities to perform for wealthy Brazilians. Instead of making Brazil great again, Jair Bolsonaro could end up presiding over a country that has become an authoritarian, human-rights abusing, environmental tragedy.
Dubbed a “Tropical Trump” by some pundits because of his nationalist agenda and anti-establishment tirades, Jair Bolsonaro was swept from the political margins this year by a wave of antipathy toward scandal-plagued traditional parties. “Bolsonaro is an example of honesty. Our country needs someone to take tough measures,” said civil servant Orlando Senna, who said his uncle served in the army with Bolsonaro.
If Jair Bolsonaro gets more than 50 percent of the vote to lead the field of 13 candidates, he will win the presidency outright. Otherwise, a run-off will be held on October 28. Analysts say a first-round victory for Bolsonaro is possible — but unlikely. “Bolsonaro is the best for the country today — he is the hope of a better country. If we don’t have Bolsonaro, we will become a Venezuela,” said one demonstrating government worker, Cacio de Oliveira.
In a series of marches stretching from Manaus in the Amazon jungle to the megacity of Sao Paulo in the nation’s southeast, demonstrators organised under the hash tag #EleNao, or #NotHim, are pledging not to vote for the candidate who has made light of rape and called the gender pay gap justified. Bolsonaro, a federal deputy from Rio de Janeiro, is the frontrunner in opinion polls, winning over many Brazilians with his ultra-hard-line stance on crime, unvarnished rhetoric, and a career that has been largely free of corruption accusations.
Brazil’s jailed ex-leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tapped his runningmate Fernando Haddad on Tuesday to replace him on the ballot in next month’s presidential election, bowing out of the race after he was barred from seeking a new term.
“The decision has been made,” a party official said.