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Brazilian Presidential Election Headed for a Run-Off

Brazil recently held a presidential election in which no candidate secured a majority of the vote thus triggering a run-off election between the top two vote-getters, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro.

The two candidates are archrivals who represent opposite ends of the political spectrum and have both severed as president of Brazil. The election was closer than many had expected with former President Lula receiving 48% of the vote to current President Bolsonaro’s 43%. Both Lula and Bolsonaro will now attempt to court the supporters of the other nine candidates who failed to make it to the second round.

What is happening in Brazil?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.


News Articles:

Brazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro face run-off after surprisingly tight result


October 3, 2022

Brazil prepares for another month of political battle as run-off looms


October 3, 2022

Lula and Bolsonaro court new allies for competitive Brazil runoff


October 4, 2022

Bolsonaro, Lula headed to run-off after tight Brazil election

October 4, 2022

News Articles (Analyses):

Will Bolsonaro do a Trump in Brazil post-election? 


October 4, 2022

Brazil elections: How pollsters failed to predict Bolsonaro’s vote share


October 4, 2022

The lesson from the first round of Brazil’s election: Bolsonarismo is here to stay


October 4, 2022

Brazil election: The fate of the Amazon and Indigenous Peoples’ rights now ‘hangs in the balance’


October 4, 2022


Writing:? What is the significance of Brazil’s Presidential election?

Debate: Why do so many Brazilians lack trust in their country’s electoral system?

Poll: Should the international community do more to protect the Amazon?

Short Answer: What are the ramifications if Bolsonaro loses?


The Amazon is the worlds largest rainforest. (T/F)

Brazil has the largest democracy in the world. (T/F)

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva served time in prison. (T/F)

What percent of the vote did candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva receive?

  1. 24.
  2. 42.
  3. 48.
  4. 56.

Which of the following countries is importing fewer raw materials from Brazil?

a. United States

b. China

c. India

d. Germany

All the following challenges confront Brazil EXCEPT.

a. The economy.

b. A polarized electorate.

c. Illegal immigration.

d. The environment.

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