International RelationsComparative Elections

Elections in Brazil

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The early election results in Brazil have resulted in a significant political disruption in South America’s largest nation. Jair Bolsonaro unexpectedly took first place in the presidential election.

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  • Writing: What happened in the recent first round voting in the Brazilian presidential election that has caused so much interest around the world?
  • Debate: Brazil’s election results are a reaffirmation that the movement to the populist right is a global phenomena.
  • Poll: How many of you were aware of the elections in Brazil before last week’s voting?
  • Short Answer: Why might election results in Brazil have regional implications?

Current events quiz:

1) The Runoff Elections in Brazil will take place on ________.

a. October 19
b. November 6
c. October 28
d. The election already took place on October 7

2) What type of government does Brazil have?

a. presidential system
b. federal republic
c. presidential monarchy
d. both a and b

3) The president of Brazil is elected to a ______ year term.

a. 8
b. 4
c. 6
d. 10

4) Jair Bolsonaro is a far left candidate who is an advocate for the environment and LGBTQ+ rights. (T/F)

5) Jair Bolsonarohas already won the election and he is now the President of Brazil. (T/F)

6) Some compare this election to the 2016 Presidential Election in the States. (T/F)


1) C

2) D

3) B

4) F

5) F

6) T

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