Brazil’s first presidential debate: The candidates and their priorities

Brazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro are about to face off again. What you need to know ahead of the first presidential debate

The first presidential debate could be the first in a long series of high-stakes encounters between Brazilian presidential frontrunners.

The first presidential debate took place last Wednesday, and this time it is scheduled for Monday.

The first and only head-to-head clash between candidates from the same party will take place a month before Brazil’s long-awaited general elections.

As the first debate between candidates from the same party has yet to take place, we outline two of the most important and differentiating factors that will go into the Sunday showdown.

It will focus on three issues: the economy, immigration and foreign policy – three big concerns for anyone in position to take the presidential ticket.

Also read: Brazilian presidential election: The candidates and their priorities

‘Brazil has become a mess’

A Brazilian journalist is one of the few people in the world who’s seen the truth behind Brazil’s problems – and it’s not pretty.

When I first arrived in Brazil in 1976, I was the only foreign journalist in the country. When I asked about the political situation, my hosts answered, calmly, with a shrug. They told me the country was getting better. In the mid-1970s, the middle class and other social groups were rising in economic and political power. Brazil would never be the same again. The country’s democracy was also a reflection of the country’s economic development, which was seen as the main route to economic prosperity, and would also make it more stable and enduring.

In recent years, however, Brazil’s economy has remained a mess.

The country is in recession all year long – the result of a combination of a highly leveraged financial sector and high unemployment that makes it hard to generate new jobs. Brazil experienced its worst recession since the 1930s in 2011 and 2012

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