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Alckmin Wins Backing of Powerful Brazilian Party Coalition

  • PSDB’s Gerald Alckmin gets backing from nine political parties
  • Deal will result in support from mayors across the country

After lingering in single digits for months in Brazil’s presidential opinion polls, Geraldo Alckmin has won the backing of a powerful coalition of political parties. The question now is whether that will translate into more votes.

On Thursday a handful of influential parties threw their weight behind Alckmin, an ex-governor of Sao Paulo from the business-friendly Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB, leaving the ex-Army captain Jair Bolsonaro and outspoken leftwinger Ciro Gomes out in the cold. Former environment minister Marina Silva has also failed to strike any deals to boost her prospects.