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To hold on to popularity, Bolsonaro seeks new coronavirus welfare program

This week, we explain the government’s latest push for an emergency salary program. And the major risks for the country’s power grid.

Government could recreate (smaller) emergency salary

The Bolsonaro administration is mulling over creating a new aid package to replace the extinct coronavirus emergency salary. The leading proposal at this time would consist of a three-month stipend of BRL 200 (USD 37).

Why it matters. While the benefit is set to pay just one-third of what the original aid program originally did, it could have a major impact on poor Brazilians. In January, the first month after the emergency...

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