Brazil's former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is serving a 12-year sentence on a corruption and money laundering conviction. He and his Worker's Party maintain he is innocent,
Far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro won 56 percent of the vote in the run-off against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad, official results showed.
Over 140 million Brazilians are eligible to vote in the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday. It follows what many are calling one of the most tense election campaigns in the country's recent history.
Brazilians feel ambiguity and fear before the upcoming elections. The Trump-like front-runner Jair Bolsonaro promises to change the country’s leftist policies with a political agenda critics describe as 'far-right'.
Jair Bolsonaro is well ahead in the polls forecasting the run-off on October 28. And nowhere is his candidacy better supported than in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
Brazil's leftist presidential candidate Fernando Haddad accuses his far-right rival Jair Bolsonaro of "illegal" dirty tricks by hiring firms to spread lies through bulk messages via WhatsApp. Bolsonaro denies allegation.
Bolsonaro will face the left-wing Workers' Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, in the second round on 28 October after he failed to win half of valid votes.
If elected, the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro can turn the country's democracy upside down, experts warn.
Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro's support in polls is nearing 40 percent ahead of Sunday's first-round election in Brazil. However, unless he wins at least 50 percent of the vote, the election will go to a runoff on October 28.
Angered by Jair Bolsonaro's history of making offensive comments, female protesters used the hash tag #EleNao, or #NotHim, to drum up support for a series of international protests against the former army captain.
Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading the race for the October 7 vote, has previously accused the leftist Workers Party of plotting to rig the elections.
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvain stepped aside allowing running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency in the country's upcoming presidential election scheduled for 7 October.
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