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Social media blunder shines light on latest rift in Bolsonaro government

Social media blunder shines light on latest rift in Bolsonaro government
From left to right: VP Mourão, President Bolsonaro, and Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

In the 2018 election campaign, Jair Bolsonaro was portrayed as a man faithful to the military, having once served as an Army captain. Indeed, support from the Armed Forces was crucial in eventually propelling him to the presidency, not least after choosing retired General Hamilton Mourão as his running mate. Since taking office, however, the government and the military have been at each other’s throats, in a dispute which gained further proportions after new social media scandals this weekend, burying once and for all Jair Bolsonaro’s image as a “military man.”

As a general rule, any behind-the-scenes quarrels in...

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