Brazilian Army influence on polls
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.