The Economy Minister shows his hand

Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes
Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes

It has been a recurring theme in the Brazilian political news cycle: Congress and the government are staging a tug of war, and President Jair Bolsonaro has done little to calm the nerves. This week, the lower house even began deliberating on a tax reform bill without consulting the Economy Ministry. The proposal will be dead on arrival unless the government backs it up—but the move was an effective display of strength from the Legislative branch. Today, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes is apparently trying a similar display of his own.


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