Brazil Weekly

Supreme Court blocks re-election for heated Speaker vote

Today, we talk about the future of the Brazilian Congress. And Venezuela’s move towards full dictatorship.

Supreme Court turns new leaf for Congress

Against expectations, the Supreme Court decided against allowing House Speaker Rodrigo Maia and Senate President Davi Alcolumbre to pursue another two-year term as the leaders of their respective congressional chambers. While the Constitution is clear in denying them that right, the duo expected justices to bend the rules in their favor — as they are perceived as necessary checks to President Jair Bolsonaro’s authoritarian tendencies.

What’s behind. Mr. Bolsonaro’s overt disregard for democratic institutions has given other...

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