In Brazil, “Techno-Authoritarianism” Rears Its Head


Par Marie Lamensch
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

On October 2, Brazilians will head to the polls in a presidential election that will be among the most decisive in recent memory – not only for Brazil, but for Latin America. As the race between populist President Jair Bolsonaro and socialist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva enters its final weeks, Lula, as he is known, continues to lead in the polls, but the contest is tight. The campaign has been highly polarized and divisive. As Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute Nick Zimmerman said in a recent podcast discussion, the elections will be an expression of “the state of being of global democracy, where democracy stands in the Americas and in the Global South.”

19 septembre 2021
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