Jair Bolsonaro

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Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Many in Brazil have no doubt about the threat a Bolsonaro presidency would represent to the country’s democratic institutions. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

For a law-and-order obsessive who glories in his military background, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro got off to an unlikely (...)

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves from a window of the Metallurgical Union, in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo state, last April. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has abandoned his legal efforts to force his way on to the ballot for Brazil’s presidential election next month after the co(...)

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro carried on the shoulders of a supporter moments before being stabbed during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil on Thursday. Photograph: Antonio Scorza/Agencia O Globo via AP

The stabbing at a campaign rally of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election will likely have serious if for now unpre(...)

Knife attack: Jair Bolsonaro grimaces after being stabbed in the stomach on Thursday. Photograph: Raysa Leite/AFP

The far-right candidate in Brazil’s presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, remains in a “grave but stable” condition following his stabbing at a campa(...)

A billboard for presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, at Garanhuns, Brazil, taken on  August 3rd, 2018. FIle photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

On the eve of Brazil’rs last presidential election in 2014, news suddenly started spreading online and across WhatsApp that a key informant in the Pet(...)

Supporters of Brazil’s jailed, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rally to support him in Brasilia. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP Photo

After a pre-campaign lasting more than a year, Brazil’s presidential election formally got under way this week with the start of the race overshadowed(...)

 Mourners grieve during the funeral of slain Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco.  Some 1,000 people stood under the tropical sun outside City Hall to greet the coffin of Ms Franco (38), who was murdered late on Wednesday. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco had little following outside her native city, and no known enemies, according to her family and party(...)

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attends a campaign rally to launch his presidential candidacy for the upcoming October elections, in São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

When an appeal court upheld the corruption conviction of former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last month, leaders of his Workers’ Party w(...)

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. File photograph: Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Forme(...)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: Biggest vote getter for the Workers Party.   Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

Brazil’s year of political uncertainty gets under way on Wednesday when an appeals court will decide whether to uphold the conviction for corruption o(...)

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