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Weekly Report - 18 January 2018 (WR-18-02)

BRAZIL: Reclaiming Brazil’s middle ground

With nine months to go, a question mark hangs over who will represent the political centre in Brazil’s presidential elections. Pressure is growing for a moderate to emerge between the extremes of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro from the Partido Social Cristão (PSC) party and the leftist former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) from the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). But in an age of Twitter rants, fake news, and rising populism, centrist candidates are struggling to make their voices heard.

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