Power

Jair Bolsonaro’s true “super minister”

infrastructure minister tarcisio gomes de freitas
Infrastructure Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas

When mapping the Jair Bolsonaro administration, one could broadly define a few clusters. There are the ideological zealots, invested in staging cultural wars. Then come the ultraliberal Chicago Boys, led by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina represents big agro’s interests within the administration. And we can’t forget the “Bolso-kids,” the president’s sons—who have cast a big shadow over the last major power-brokers, the military wing.

In most cases, it is easy to identify to which cluster a cabinet member belongs. For example, a man dedicated to “fighting cultural...

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