Brazilian center-right PSDB presidential primary blocked by application failure | World news

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) was unable to nominate its presidential candidate for next year’s election on Sunday due to a failure of the voting app, delaying a decision between the main candidates, Joao Doria and Eduardo Leite.

The center-right party said it decided to suspend voting until a later date after the app failure denied access to many of the 44,700 members registered to vote, including personalities such as former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

Doria, the governor of the state of Sao Paulo, is in favor of resuming the vote this week, a spokesperson said, while Leite, governor of Rio Grande do Sul, wants to postpone it until February.

The party will decide when to resume voting at a meeting later on Sunday, he said in a statement.

The PSDB ruled Brazil from 1995 to 2002 during Cardoso’s two terms of office which modernized the economy and launched social protection programs which were then continued by leftist governments.

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The party’s role in Brazilian politics has since diminished, and it now only holds half the seats it held ten years ago in the Brazilian Congress.

In the 2018 election, won by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, PSDB candidate Geraldo Alckmin only won 4.8% of the vote.

The party, which has shifted to the right since taking office, hopes to raise its visibility by choosing a candidate who can be an intermediate alternative in 2022 to Bolsonaro and former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has a comfortable lead in the first opinion polls, even if he has not yet declared his candidacy.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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