Explaining Brazil #35: The challenges of the future Bolsonaro administration

The future Jair Bolsonaro administration has started to take shape. The merging of several ministries that he promised during the campaign have been confirmed – and his future chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, said that the future cabinet will have 15 or 16 ministers (which is around half of the current number).

As predicted, he announced the creation of a “Super-Ministry of the Economy,” that will be led by ultra-libertarian economist Paulo Guedes. He defended institutional independence for the Central Bank, with its president having a 4-year term that would not coincide with the president’s term. Additionally, Mr. Guedes said that subsidies to industry members would be slashed, in an effort to “save Brazilian industry despite our members of industry,” who have lived off stimulus packages.

In this podcast, we discuss the first challenges of the future Bolsonaro administration.

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Gustavo Ribeiro has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de São Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Abril Prize for outstanding political journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

Mário Braga is an economics reporter from São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently an Erasmus Mundus Journalism scholar pursuing his Master’s degree at Denmark’s Aarhus University, with a year-long specialization in Business and Financial Journalism at City, University of London. He has worked at InfoMoney, Agência Estado’s Broadcast, Brazil’s leading financial newswire, local TV stations, and at the United States General Consulate in São Paulo.

This podcast was produced by Maria Martha Bruno. Maria Martha is a journalist with 14 years of experience in politics, arts, and breaking news. She has collaborated with Al Jazeera, NBC and CNN, among others, and worked as an international correspondent in Buenos Aires.

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