Opinion

Why electing Jair Bolsonaro would be terrible for Brazil

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The Economist said Bolsonaro would be a “disastrous president”

Once again, Brazil has made the front cover of The Economist. Back in 2009, the country was flattered to see the liberal British magazine emblazon its front page with the Christ the Redeemer statue blasting off like a rocket, depicting Brazil’s economic boom. Brazilians were less happy four years later, as the magazine used the same cover, with Christ now flailing and set to fall to earth, asking “Has Brazil blown it?”

The focus of Brazil’s latest Economist cover is far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, whom the magazine calls “Latin America’s...

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