‘Coalition presidentialism’ in the Bolsonaro government

In the first instalment of a two-part column, Felipe Berenguer analyzes the cohesion of Brazilian political parties during the Jair Bolsonaro administration

President Bolsonaro meets supporters. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
President Bolsonaro meets supporters. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

After its end of year holidays, Brazil’s Congress returns to work today, embarking on what is to be a busy 2020. Two key reforms have been championed by the Jair Bolsonaro administration and heads of the legislature, namely the overhaul of Brazil’s byzantine tax system, and a reform of the bloated civil service structure. However, if lawmakers are going to get anything done this year, major advances must be completed by June, as attentions begin to shift to the municipal elections to be held all over the country in the second half of the year.

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