Explaining Brazil #118: Bolsonaro’s ticket to re-election

Everyone predicted that the pandemic would plummet Jair Bolsonaro's approval rates. But the president sees his re-election prospects grow more realistic

Brazilians are heading to the polls in November to elect new mayors and city councilors in each of the country’s 5,570 municipalities. But the most important election before the 2022 presidential race will happen within the confines of Congress: the decision on who will be the next House Speaker and Senate President. That will determine which measures the government will manage to pass to counter the effects of the pandemic — and determine whether Jair Bolsonaro’s desire for re-election is realistic or not. 

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro is the editor-in-chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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