Brazil’s Military Poised to Amass Power After Three-Decade Wait

Strange days indeed

Rigged Game

“There are grim echoes in the 2018 election to the start of the military dictatorship that began in 1964.”

By Bruce Douglas, Rachel Gamarski and Gabriel Shinohara and cross-posted from Bloomberg Quint

If ex-Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro wins the runoff vote against the Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad on Oct. 28, he has promised to name as many as five generals to his cabinet, giving the security forces their biggest public role in decades. In addition, at least 38 former soldiers, police officers and firefighters rode the coattails of the former paratrooper to win election to congress Oct. 7. In 2014, only 14 veterans won.

“This is because of the insecurity that we’re experiencing in Brazil,” said Waldir Soares de Oliveira, a re-elected congressman and ex-cop known as Deputy Waldir. “No one can cope with this wave of insecurity any more.”

Just over 30 years after the end of a…

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