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Bolsonarism, institutionalized?

Bolsonaro supporter new party
Jair Bolsonaro and supporters. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

Brazil has 33 legally registered parties. While some host authoritarian and nationalist politicians, none of these political groups are overtly far-right organizations. That picture will soon change after President Jair Bolsonaro launched his own party on Thursday, the so-called “Alliance for Brazil.” With the bold plan of being “not just a new party, but the greatest party in Brazilian history,” this political family in the making is full of extremist symbols.

The name itself is a nod to the National Renewal Alliance, the ersatz “political party” of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985. On the...

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