2019 is nearly in the books, and it will be remembered as a year of polarization for Brazil. The country saw the arrival of far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency and former president Lula—the biggest political force on the left—was released from jail, promising to spark plenty of confrontations in the coming year. At the same time, Congress established itself as a major agenda-setting force, which had not been the case for many years. Important reforms were passed, and Brazil continued its slow—but steady—path towards economic recovery.
This last issue of the Daily Briefing in 2019 brings a recap of the year that has just gone by, and looks forward to the biggest issues facing Brazil in 2020. Happy holidays!