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The other election

election senate Former (and future?) Senate President Renan Calheiros. Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr
Former (and future?) Senate President Renan Calheiros. Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

The presidential election has passed, with Jair Bolsonaro’s win threatening to shake up the traditional political order in Brazil. Many pundits and experts have drawn up potential scenarios, plotting what the future government will look like. However, another two elections will truly define the future of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration, scheduled for February 1 and 2 of 2019.

Working with a system of “coalition presidentialism,” in Brazil, the elections for the House Speaker and Senate President are just as important as picking the president. Though ignored by all but a sliver of the Brazilian electorate, these are the disputes which...

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