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‘Sleeper bombs’ lie in Congress for Brazil’s post-electoral period

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Brazilians will head to the polls on Sunday to vote for president, Congress, state legislatures and governors. While the presidential race has been exceptionally stable polls-wise, the post-electoral period remains filled with risks.

Part of the problem lies in the 63 days between October 30, when runoff races will take place, and January 1, when new governments — federal and state — will be inaugurated. If former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva clinches a first-round win, as polls show he could, that transition period will last 91 days.

In most democracies, the transition between outgoing and incoming leaders trends…

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