Opinion

Time Magazine misses the point on Jair Bolsonaro

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro woke up today to the news that he features among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list. Parked in the “Leaders” column, he sits alongside his political chums Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Matteo Salvini, the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy.

While it is an achievement and recognition of his prominence, it would perhaps be more of a surprise if Jair Bolsonaro did not make the list. As the leader of the fourth-largest democracy in the world, in his first term, his presence was more or less guaranteed.

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