Jair Bolsonaro wants to create a new party. That wouldn’t be easy, though

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President Bolsonaro prays in a House session. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

During the weekend, President Jair Bolsonaro said there is “an 80-percent chance” he will leave the Social Liberal Party. This declaration is the latest chapter in the fallout between the president and the party’s chairman, Congressman Luciano Bivar. The two have fought tooth and nail for control over the party’s coffers—which will be boosted by a payment of over BRL 200 million next year from a public campaign fund.

But beyond just leaving his current political group, Mr. Bolsonaro said he desires to create a party of his own, given that independent candidacies are illegal in Brazil.


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