Why Is The World Watching The Brazilian Elections On October 2nd Like They Never Did?

Frederico Costa
3 min readSep 29, 2022
Photo by Rafaela Biazi on Unsplash

The most significant part of the Amazon rainforest, called the world’s lung, is in Brazil. In addition, the country has some of the largest sources of drinking water and several unique biosystems, such as the Pantanal and the Amazon rainforest. The destruction of all this is at an accelerated pace with the government of the current president, Jair Bolsonaro.

The climatic problems that become real problems and not only predictions are affecting many countries with floods, droughts, and fires of unprecedented severity are some of the reasons why the international community is so attentive to the elections that take place this Sunday, October 2nd, in Brazil.

The global climate catastrophe can get worse if Brazilians decide to keep an administration that is not committed to actions to reverse our world’s problems. That’s why the choice of Brazilians matters so much to all other countries. Brazil is essential for the planet not to heat up more than it can. But it’s not just the climate problems that are worrying.

Since 1985, after a long 30 years of military dictatorship, Brazil has been a democratic country with one of the safest electoral systems in the world. With the same rhetoric as former US President Donald Trump, without any evidence, Bolsonaro has questioned the Brazilian voting system. He has also spoken openly at rallies and lives on Youtube that he does not intend to leave the presidency. According to him, any result other than his victory would be a fraud.

Bolsonaro says it while all voting intentions indicate the victory, perhaps even in the first round, of former president Lula da Silva, who ruled the country for two terms, from 2003 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2011.

The possibility of Bolsonaro establishing a coup in the second largest democracy in the Americas and one of the largest in the world is provoking international reactions. European leaders have decided to suspend the signing of new trade agreements with Brazil until the results of the elections to avoid inappropriate political use of these agreements by Bolsonaro. In the United States, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to US members of Congress about the risks of a coup in Brazil.

Frederico Costa

I’m a journalist covering Brazil and LGBTQ community affairs. Brazilian-American with base in São Paulo. 🏳️‍🌈🇧🇷🇺🇸