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Fernando Haddad and the problem with the Brazilian left

How did the Brazilian left allow itself to come so close to losing against an authoritarian?

By Julia Blunck  

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate of the right-wing Social Liberal Party, react after knowing the results of the first round of Brazil's presidential election. Photo: PA

Fernando Haddad seems to be defined by the things he is not. He is not, for instance, an authoritarian with a history of praising torturers to their victims, and who thinks human rights is a conspiracy to favour criminals, like his opponent Jair Bolsonaro.

It is also apparent that he is not the multiskilled charmer that was his mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula da…

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