Brazil: The Making of a President-Elect

Why would anyone want to be President of Brazil? Of the nation's 13 Pres idents since World War II, three have been overthrown by force, one committed suicide, two resigned, three have had their civil rights revoked, five served temporary terms of three days to three months, and the current officeholder, Marshal Humberto Castello Branco, cannot wait to get out. For all the disadvantages, however, not until this year has there ever been a shortage of candidates.

This year's shortage is somewhat artificial. Under Castello Branco, who came to power in the 1964 coup that overthrew Leftist Joao Goulart,...

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