What can a president accomplish in Brazil?

What can a president accomplish in Brazil?
How much power will the next president have?

As the electoral campaign gains steam, so do candidates’ promises to fix the myriad problems of Brazil’s politics and economy. They range from the “re-foundation of the Republic,” to giving firearms to every citizen, to helping every single person with a default on their credit record to clear their name. But – as in most modern republics – the president can only do so much if he or she doesn’t have support from Congress.

In Brazil’s modern politics, the relationship between the presidency and Congress has been rocky to say the least. Over...

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