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Jair Bolsonaro becomes his own worst enemy in pension reform fight

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“Will Jair Bolsonaro finish his term?”, asked a Brazilian newspaper

Tuesday, March 26 turned out to be a microcosm of the current moment in Brazilian politics. Amid the struggle to approve the government’s pension reform proposal, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes was invited to speak before the House’s Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) and explain the pension overhaul plan, point-by-point. House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, meanwhile, convinced his allies in the CCJ not to turn up to Tuesday’s session, causing Mr. Guedes to pull out and leave the government red-faced.

Amid this latest political fiasco, President Jair Bolsonaro—whose survival in office depends on the success of the pension...

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