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Jair Bolsonaro should have plenty of congressional support

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Jair Bolsonaro delivers a speech in front of the Congress building

As the dust settles on Sunday’s presidential election, which saw Brazil choose far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro as its 38th president, the attention now shifts to the years ahead. Allies, opponents, analysts, and journalists are all running around behind the scenes to work out the answer to the million-dollar question regarding Mr. Bolsonaro’s election: how will things look in Congress.

Brazil’s political system is such that every president requires broad support in the legislature in order to implement their intended proposals, and Mr. Bolsonaro is likely to require more allies than usual.

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