Brazil­ian Army in­flu­ence on polls

The Asian Age - - World -

Rio De Janeiro: With an exarmy cap­tain lead­ing polls, a re­serve gen­eral picked as his run­ning mate, and a mil­i­tary chief stick­ing his nose into elec­tion, Brazil’s army has be­come an in­creas­ingly con­spic­u­ous par­tic­i­pant in pol­i­tics. On top of that, the num­ber of mil­i­tary can­di­dates across the pres­i­den­tial and gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 7 dou­bled since last vote, up from 13 to 25, ac­cord­ing to the Es­tado de S. Paulo news­pa­per. In a coun­try that suf­fered al­most 20 years of mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship from 1965- 84, there is un­der­stand­able ap­pre­hen­sion in the air. “Af­ter the dic­ta­tor­ship, the mil­i­tary was on the de­fen­sive for a long time, but now they are more vis­i­ble,” said Nel­son Dur­ing, di­rec­tor at De­fe­sanet, a de­fence site.

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