Known for some time in Brazil’s political corridors for her work with parties in the electoral field, Karina Kufa gained public notoriety after she was chosen by Jair Bolsonaro to serve as his lawyer. This relationship was established after Ms. Kufa helped establish the Social Liberal Party (PSL) in São Paulo, allowing the party to put forward candidates for the 2018 election—among them, Mr. Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, who is now a member of Congress.
Since then, Ms. Kufa assisted Jair Bolsonaro in his ascendancy to the presidency and was accused of being involved in last year’s internal split of the PSL, which led Mr. Bolsonaro and his allies to seek a new party. Ms. Kufa, who declares herself as a feminist, claims the rift took place because the PSL had no financial or administrative organization, and that all of her suggestions were ignored by party chairman Luciano Bivar.
One of the biggest scandals involving the PSL were the accusations of unlawful use of dummy female candidacies to embezzle electoral funds. The result of the imbroglio was the Alliance for Brazil party, created by Jair Bolsonaro to include his family and allies. The final approval of the group depends on the electoral courts.
Speaking of Mr. Bolsonaro’s affiliation with the PSL, Ms. Kufa called it a “marriage of necessity.” “There was no courtship period, it was a union with strangers. We believed the PSL was willing to change, but then we realized we had been deceived,” she told The Brazilian Report, in an exclusive interview.
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