Power

How Bolsonaro could reshape Brazil’s regulatory agencies

Brazil's regulatory agencies will have plenty of vacancies in 2020. Meaning that Jair Bolsonaro will reshape them—as long as he plays ball with the Senate.
President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

An often-mentioned fact about the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro is that by the end of his first term, he will have had the right to appoint at least two justices to Brazil’s Supreme Court. Members of the highest tribunal in the land retire automatically upon turning 75, which is the case of Justice Celso de Mello, this year, and Marco Aurélio de Mello, in 2021. With two of “his justices” on the bench, Mr. Bolsonaro will have more power to shape the Brazilian justice system to his liking. However, another less-mentioned perk of being president is the power to...

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