Opinion

Bolsonaro is scrambling on shaky ground

After a major cabinet reshuffle, President Jair Bolsonaro should manage to find some political stability. However, it will come at a price

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From left to right: Supreme Court Chief Justice Luiz Fux, House Speaker Arthur Lira, President Jair Bolsonaro, and Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/ABr

After carrying out the broadest cabinet reshuffle of his presidential term, Jair Bolsonaro is scrambling for his political survival and to preserve agency over his own administration. The result of Mr. Bolsonaro’s Hail Mary is that Brazil has new Defense, Justice, and Foreign Affairs Ministers, a new Solicitor General, Chief of Staff, and Secretary-General, and the country will have new Armed Forces commanders. This came in response to the government’s continuous losses in popularity, amid a worsening pandemic scenario and aggravated economic conditions.

Let’s dissect what led to Mr. Bolsonaro’s Manic Monday — and where this cabinet reshuffle...

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