Less than 4 months after taking office, the Jair Bolsonaro administration is already heading towards a dangerous rupture: a cold war between none other than the president and his vice. If the disagreements between Jair Bolsonaro and Hamilton Mourão weren’t clear enough, the president did away with any remaining ambiguity. He published a video of self-proclaimed philosopher Olavo de Carvalho lashing out against Mr. Mourão and the military on his YouTube channel, only to remove the video less than 24 hours later.
The episode occurred alongside an article in newspaper O Globo, in which the content of WhatsApp audio messages exchanged by the president were leaked. He congratulated a supporter for bashing his vice president on social media, and said Mr. Mourão was in for a “little surprise” come 2022—suggesting that the VP would not be on his re-election ticket. It remains to be seen whether the disagreements between the government’s top 2 men has reached the point of no return.
Judge Marcelo Bretas, head of Op. Car Wash in Rio, ordered the auction of luxury goods owned by former governor Sergio Cabral and former tycoon Eike Batista. A yacht and a Lamborghini are among the objects. Cabral is serving a 200-year jail sentence for corruption. https://t.co/nQS4LiY6mn
The police chief in charge of the investigations into the Brumadinho dam collapse stated that explosives were detonated on day of the tragedy, 1.5 km from the site. Vale, the dam's owner, denies this. Five months ago, the dam failure killed over 200 people https://t.co/uTlwiP1n88https://t.co/PkGE9JlmMr
Motivated by a lawsuit filed by Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, a Rio de Janeiro state court prohibited buskers from perform in the subway. Jair Bolsonaro's son argues that the performances may represent a risk for the passengers' safety and wellness. https://t.co/1SZVpDIhQQ