Brazil Weekly

Hearings and budget issues cause Bolsonaro sleepless nights

Happy Monday! The upcoming week promises to be an eventful one, with the government trying to block a committee of hearings into its pandemic response, while trying to untie the 2021 budget knot.

Covid hearings: Bolsonaro tries to make lemonade

Bolsonaro on Covid hearings: a way to "make lemonade out of this lemon." Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
Bolsonaro on Covid hearings: a way to “make lemonade out of this lemon.” Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Since Thursday evening, the government has been working to put out a fire started by the Supreme Court, after one justice ordered the Senate to launch a hearings committee into the federal administration’s pandemic response. President Bolsonaro’s multi-headed strategy — explained by Brasília correspondent Débora Álvares — includes calling for constitutional changes to limit justices’ powers, convincing allies to...

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