Opinion

Can any attempt to hold the Bolsonaro accountable be apolitical?

A prosecutor from Brazil's Federal Accounts Court issued a request to suspend Bolsonaro and members of his cabinet

Bolsonaro meets with members of the Federal Accounts Court, in August 2019. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR
Bolsonaro meets with members of the Federal Accounts Court, in August 2019. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

With pressure mounting on Congress to hold President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet accountable for their catastrophic handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the prosecution service of Brazil’s Federal Accounts Court (TCU) decided to take action into its own hands last week. Deputy Prosecutor-General Lucas Furtado requested the suspension of Mr. Bolsonaro and key members of staff due to their “inertia and submission in implementing public policies to fight the pandemic.” 

Linked to Congress, the TCU is in charge of overseeing public spending across all levels of government. As such, Mr. Furtado’s justification for his request is purely financial,...

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