The Last Day of the Brazilian Election

Guns, God and fake news dominate Brazil’s presidential race

Voting was held across the entire country under the two main candidates

The election was the most expensive presidential race in Brazilian history.

As Brazilians voted for their next president, they were confronted with more than just the most divisive political issue in Brazil: gun violence.

The first presidential debate between the top two candidates was dominated by issues including corruption and the rise of the far-right Brazilian Social Liberal Party (PSL).

But for Brazilian citizens, the election was also marked by the violence that has affected Brazil in recent months, with at least 14 civilians killed and more than 350 people injured so far this year alone.

The candidates debated at the end of the campaign, after all the votes were in, and the winners of the election were determined. President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT) is currently leading the election with 55 per cent, while second runner-up, former Workers’ Party (PT) president Michel Temer of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), is close behind with 48 per cent.

As they prepared for the debate, Brazilians watched live on TV as politicians in the debate addressed the country’s violence, the economy, the social media giants’ monopoly of information and their role in Brazil’s political scene.

Although this election has been marked by gun violence, one incident in particular has been particularly controversial: the disappearance and possible murder of journalist Eduardo Paes.

Eduardo Paes was an outspoken critic of the government of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, an opponent of illegal drug use and an activist for the legalization of marijuana.

After Lula’s victory in the 2014 election, Paes became a minister in the administration of Temer and became one of the most celebrated reporters working for Brazil’s biggest newspapers, Jornal do Brasil and O Globo.

He was a close associate of his son and the son’s partner, who was murdered in 2016, and he was deeply shocked by the events of the past days.

The next morning, Paes went online to share his grief and share his doubts over what had happened to the journalist, who had been reporting on drug trade and organised crime.

On Thursday afternoon, Paes posted

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