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Brazil’s Presidential Election Heats Up With a Dozen Candidates Expected

  • Democratas party to put forward house speaker Rodrigo Maia
  • Party has backed President Michel Temer’s reform agenda
Rodrigo Maia
Rodrigo MaiaPhotographer: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg
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Brazil’s largest right-wing party on Thursday launched a presidential candidate for the first time in nearly two decades, bringing the number of major parties contending in the October race to seven of an expected 12.

Lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia used the national convention of the pro-market Democratas party, or DEM, to kick start his bid for the presidency. Later in the day, the leftist former governor Ciro Gomes formalized his bid.