Opinion

Are Brazilian institutions working? Well, it’s complicated

President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable in Brazilian politics. Some institutions are doing their best to provide him with some checks and balances, but that doesn't seem to be enough

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Congressman Daniel Silveira has become a symbol of Jair Bolsonaro’s putschist ways. Photo: Zeca Ribeiro/CD

If one day political scientists are to write about the death of Brazilian democracy, their tale will certainly include the Daniel Silveira affair, already explained and analyzed at length by The Brazilian Report. For one, Mr. Silveira represents the sheer brutality of Brazil’s new politics and is a textbook example of Bolsonarista banditry — after all, unlike President Jair Bolsonaro, who only fears being arrested after leaving office, Mr. Silveira managed to get arrested before the government had even completed its term. 

The Daniel Silveira case encapsulates how Mr. Bolsonaro is rotting Brazilian democracy, serving as a masterclass of modern-day...

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