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Bolsonaro Becomes Main Target in Brazil Debate Without Lula

  • He focused on his flagship social program, denied corruption
  • President finds unusual ally in self-declared Orthodox priest
Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Photographers: Andre Borges, Maira Erlich/Bloomberg

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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro was the main target of attacks during a debate marked by the absence of his leftist challenger just eight days before presidential elections.

The right-wing president faced questions about alleged corruption cases in his government and the use of the federal budget to buy congressional support in a debate organized by a pool of local media Saturday evening. Front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, meanwhile, was criticized for skipping the discussion.