BRAZIL INDEPENDENCE – Brazil’s Bolsonaro uses bicentennial to rally support for struggling campaign

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President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday used the 200-year anniversary of Brazil’s independence from Portugal to try to mobilize his supporters and inject energy into his long-shot re-election bid.

With just over three weeks remaining until the Oct. 2 first round of balloting, the rightist incumbent finds himself trailing badly in the polls with only 30 percent of voter preference, compared to 45 percent for his bitter rival, ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.