Brazil prepares for another month of political battle as run-off looms
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(U.S.A. TODAY) – As the Presidential Election nears, Brazilian voters will go to the polls in a run-off on October 20th that is being likened to the second round in the U.S., only in this case, there is a presidential term limit.
The country is heading for yet another run-off in a presidential election that will be decided on October 20, 2017.
In this case, candidates of the leftist Workers’ Party (PT) will compete against the right-wing candidate, Brazilian conservative candidate, Marina Silva, who is running as a candidate of the ruling party.
The elections will be seen as the fourth such test of the left’s electoral prospects, after the first round in 2014, the second round in 2018, and the run-off in 2015, where leftist candidate Dilma Rousseff defeated her re-election rival, in the second round of voting.
The upcoming election is also viewed as a test for leftist presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, who is a former military general, and has been described as the “mulher” of far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.
The final presidential runoff is set to take place in October, and a lot has changed since Rousseff defeated the left-wing candidacy of Jair Bolsonaro, the candidate she defeated in the first round of the elections, in 2014.
Last month, Rousseff announced her candidacy for the post of the head of the Brazilian government, a man, she said, with whom she had “good relations” and whom she could “relate to.”
While Rousseff lost both the first and second ballots of the elections, she took the