At the center of a huge government crisis, who is Gustavo Bebianno?

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Gustavo Bebianno

The first genuine political crisis of the still-incipient Jair Bolsonaro government has a face and a name: Secretary-General of the Presidency, Gustavo Bebianno.

Having served as the temporary leader of Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party (PSL) during last year’s elections, Mr. Bebianno is accused of sponsoring a scheme of dummy candidates, by which ersatz runners were given vast amounts of campaign funds, only to have that money channeled into companies connected to PSL members. The candidates themselves ended up with tiny voting numbers.

Mr. Bebianno was quick to deflect...

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