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Brazilian Governor Leite Resigns to Possibly Vie for President

  • Leite lost his party’s primaries to Sao Paulo Governor Doria
  • Officials not seeking reelection must resign to run in October
Eduardo Leite
Eduardo LeitePhotographer: Tiago Coelho/Bloomberg

Brazil’s Governor Eduardo Leite resigned his mandate to possibly run in the October presidential election, particularly if his party’s candidate fail to gain traction in polls. 

Leite, the 37-year-old head of the conservative state of Rio Grande do Sul, was defeated in the November primaries of his Brazilian Social Democracy Party by Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, 63. Despite having achieved national prominence by spearheading a successful campaign to bring Covid-19 vaccines into Brazil, Doria has performed poorly in recent opinion polls, where he comes in a distant fifth position.