How the Brazilian government bypassed Congress to bring in Cuban doctors

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Cuban doctor with Brazilian patient

Last week, the Cuban government announced it was pulling out of the More Doctors Program, which sends healthcare professionals to remote areas around Brazil. The move came after statements made by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who wanted to impose conditions on Cuba in order to keep the program going. At the time, we argued that Brazil seriously needs these doctors. Today, however, we will focus on the problems with the More Doctors Program, beginning with how Brazil and Cuba negotiated to bypass Congress.

Telegrams from the Brazilian embassy in Cuba allow us to reconstruct the negotiations between the two countries...

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