Coronavirus

The forces enabling Jair Bolsonaro to create a coronavirus disaster

As Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency veers from low to low and crisis to crisis, how is his position in power still relatively secure?

From the presidential palace, Jair Bolsonaro waves at supporters. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR
From the presidential palace, Jair Bolsonaro waves at supporters. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Many premature obituaries have been written for the Jair Bolsonaro administration. Over the last month alone, mistaken death sentences were issued following Sergio Moro’s resignation from the Justice Ministry, and then the tumultuous exit of two Health Ministers amidst the worst pandemic in a century. It has been commonplace to assert that his presidency is on its last legs.

However, despite the 32-plus impeachment requests currently sitting on House Speaker Rodrigo Maia’s desk, Mr. Bolsonaro’s presidency is far from over. There is life to this unmitigated disaster yet. 

How, then, is Jair Bolsonaro’s position still relatively secure despite...

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