This election precipitates Brazil into the unknown. Whether consciously or not, the Brazilians just signed the biggest blank cheque in their history.
Bolsonaro rose from the ashes of the Brazilian political system as well as from the remains of former President Lula. Lula, who was ahead of Bolsonaro in voting intentions, was jailed for corruption and his candidacy was invalidated on 1 September. Since the latter's exit from the race, Bolsonaro has not really campaigned. Victim of a knife attack on 6 September, he spent more than three weeks in hospital, from where he was only released a week before the first round. Cloistered in his home, he then simply mobilized social networks to maintain his popularity and fan the flames of the rejection of the Worker’s Party (PT).