Opinion

A new era begins for Bolsonaro with multiple challenges ahead

President Bolsonaro will be delighted with the results of Monday's congressional leadership elections, but he still faces some risks

Bolsonaro has multiple challenges ahead
President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

The election of the new heads of Congress ushers in a completely new era for the Jair Bolsonaro government. The importance is less to do with the figures involved — the newly elected House Speaker Arthur Lira or Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco would never have gotten to where they are without a resolute decision from the government to tilt the congressional leadership election in their favor — but more connected to the way politics is done in Brasília.

Once described by Jair Bolsonaro as veiled corruption, the system of “coalition presidentialism” — by which the sitting government...

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