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Congress gets stronger as the Executive gets angrier

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Jair Bolsonaro at the lower house. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/ABr

Earlier this month, retired Army General Augusto Heleno accused Congress of trying to hold the federal government to ransom. Caught on tape during an online broadcast, the head of the administration’s Institutional Security—and close advisor to President Jair Bolsonaro—said they “cannot accept these guys blackmailing us, fuck it!”

One week later, President Bolsonaro was caught sharing videos among his friends promoting demonstrations against Congress, which called on the people to defend the president and “take back their country.” Clearly, the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches of Brazilian politics is poisonous—and this collision has been a long time coming.

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