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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Why does the Curmudgeon focus on Brazil’s political parties now? First answer: Because, like Mount Everest, they’re there—boy, are they there! There are 35 registered parties, another fifty or so awaiting authorization, and some 28 represented in the federal Congress or Senate.

Second (and more important) answer: In October 2018, Brazil will have presidential elections. With poll front-runner Lula convicted of corruption, a number of hopeful candidates have sprung up. Because many have little or no executive experience, they will need to rely on political parties to which . . .

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