Opinion

President Bolsonaro heading down a dangerous road

President Jair Bolsonaro and House Speaker Rodrigo Maia
President Jair Bolsonaro and House Speaker Rodrigo Maia

Since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in early 1930s U.S., the first 100 days in government has been used as a yardstick to measure the popularity and success of administrations around the world. Back then, Mr. Roosevelt made use of a post-election high in approval ratings—as well as a lack of negative baggage with Congress—to approve an extensive set of bills that were the most ambitious expansion of government’s role in society, later becoming known as the “New Deal.”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also promised his own form of a...

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