Canning Insights

Elections in Brazil

  • Central London
  • 09:00-10:15

On 2 October, Brazil goes to the polls in one of Latin America's most highly-anticipated elections in recent memory. At this event, Canning House presents pre-election analysis on the leading candidates - Jair Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva - and on what this election could mean for Brazil in the coming years.

Elections in Brazil

Brazil, Latin America’s largest democracy, is about to undertake one of the region's most highly-anticipated elections in recent memory. On 2 October, Jair Bolsonaro, the incumbent, will face Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known simply as Lula, in perhaps the most polarised election in Brazil’s history.

Join Canning House for an expert panel discussion on the election’s potential effects on Brazil’s place on the global stage, implications for macroeconomic policy and development, and the wider political significance in Brazil of either candidate’s victory.

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Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 on an anti-establishment platform promising to clamp down on corruption, crime and Leftist ideology; his administration has been widely regarded as controversial. Lula, who served as President from 2003 to 2010, was jailed for corruption in 2017, disqualifying him from running in the 2018 election, which Bolsonaro went on to win. Released after 18 months behind bars, Lula is now leading in the polls – albeit not insurmountably.

In 2022, Bolsonaro is once again focusing on conservative values, the family, God, and law and order. Lula, for his part, is attempting to create a broad political alliance – his choice of vice-president, the centre-right Geraldo Alckmin, has been viewed as a bid to assuage concerns over corruption allegations, and to win over the business community.

Please note: The event covers a developing situation. This description will reflect any updates in due course. Updated 15.08.

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