The Biggest Risk to Bolsonaro from Congress’s COVID Investigation

By Oliver Stuenkel

The inquiry probably won't bring down the president, but it has the potential to reduce his chances to win reelection next year.

SÃO PAULO – Throughout the past year, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro surprised critics by showing remarkable political resilience, shrugging off the resignation of two popular ministers, Brazil's economic collapse and an out-of-control pandemic through a mix of diversionary tactics, authoritarian threats and increased public spending for the poorest. In February, two candidates backed by Bolsonaro won the top positions in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and the president's embrace of the powerful centrão parties’ coalition limited the risk of impeachment. The...

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