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Dummy candidate scandal could lead to cabinet firings

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Gustavo Bebianno (left) could be the first cabinet member to be fired

A new wave of scandal has arrived at the doorstep of the Jair Bolsonaro government, potentially resulting in the first firing (or firings) of the fledgling cabinet.

On February 4, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo uncovered a scheme of dummy candidates implemented by Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party (PSL) in the state of Minas Gerais, reportedly sponsored by Minister of Tourism Marcelo Álvaro Antônio. The following week, the same paper published further allegations of corruption in the party, once again concerning phony candidates, this time in the...

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