Brazil’s election campaign officially launches on Sunday 6 July (which is also the deadline for the registration of candidates), and will dominate the country almost as much as the Fifa World Cup, with which it initially overlaps (the football championship ends on 13 July). The outcome of the three-month political campaign, leading up to congressional, state, and first-round presidential elections on 5 October will depend in part on the network of alliances that were being finalised in the party convention season which ended this week.

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