Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Puts Latin American Democracy at Risk – Bloomberg
In the 1970s and 1980s, South America’s largest nation was a bellwether for political liberty in the region.
Bolsonaro’s military of the future?
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Nicaragua’s sham election on Sunday — in which President Daniel Ortega ran, nearly unopposed, after banning or jailing most of the opposition — may be the most egregious example of creeping authoritarianism in Latin America. But a much larger and more important nation, Brazil, is also headed for a political crisis. And the history of Latin America demonstrates that if Brazil suffers a democratic breakdown, the effects will be felt far beyond its borders.
Brazil’s democratic system is both relatively young, having emerged after two decades of military rule in 1985, and relatively weak. For the sake of social peace, the country largely avoided a reckoning with the crimes perpetrated by the armed forces when they held power. Civilian control of the military remains more tenuous than in democracies in North America and Europe.