Opinion: Brazil’s Absurd Senatorial System

The system of suplentes is specifically designed to ensure those in power remain in power, and to avoid having elections if a senator resigns.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At their national conventions last week, Brazil’s political parties nominated candidates for president; simultaneously, state-wide conventions were held, where the parties nominated candidates for governor and senator. In October, 27 states (including the Federal District) will elect a governor and two senators.

Why two senators? Because the Senate has 81 members, or three members per state, who are elected for eight-year terms. Four years ago, the election was for . . .

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