Black and poor women may decide who will be the next president of Brazil, while a white man who wants to be president will have to work for the rest of his life to gain the support of a key vote in a rigged election.
“The most democratic country in the world, as far as elections are concerned, can be described as being dominated by an unfair class. When it comes to how we elect the president, the fact remains that in Brazil they are not looking for representatives, they are looking for people to fill their own pockets,” said political scientist Tonduzio, who participated in a recent lecture by Brazilian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Least Concern.
The president of one of Brazil’s major newspapers is a socialist. And the author of a book about Brazil’s elections said, “the system is rigged.”
He explained that a presidential candidate only needs 18 percent of the vote to win.
That’s the main reason why the ruling Workers Party, which controls more than half the seats in the lower house, has won every election since 1992.
“We’re not elected, we’re brought into power by political parties,” Brazilian political scientist Nader Mestrin said, “But the ruling Workers Party wants to avoid losing or even winning elections so it’s prepared to rig the election.”
Brazilian President Michel Temer, who has presided over the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on charges of violating budget rules, said that the way the country holds an election is “highly unconstitutional,” according to a Reuters report.
“The way the vote is conducted in Brazil today will not change,” Temer said. “We will conduct the vote the same way we conduct our elections.”
He added that his Justice Secretary, Rodrigo Janot, who is in charge of the impeachment process, was ordered by Rousseff to ensure that all votes would be kept secret, a point that Rousseff has argued is “undemocratic.”
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