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How Jair Bolsonaro has tampered with accountability institutions

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President Jair Bolsonaro launches his presidential bid in 2018. Photo: Fernando Frazão/ABr

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro presents himself as a family man. Indeed, in the past two months, he has used his power to protect his loved ones. Here we are not talking about the impending nomination of his third son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, to the position of Brazilian ambassador to the U.S. Beyond that, Mr. Bolsonaro has directly interfered in three of the country’s most important agencies in the fight against corruption.

What do they have in common? All three have launched investigations into someone close to the president.

Last week, Mr. Bolsonaro surprised (and infuriated) members of the...

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