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Bolsonaro tries to create a coalition. Will he succeed?

In what appears to be a last-ditch effort for congressional support, Jair Bolsonaro is going back on his campaign promises by approaching small center-right parties

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Jair Bolsonaro tries to mend fences with Congress. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Over the past week, President Jair Bolsonaro has ramped up his verbal attacks on House Speaker Rodrigo Maia. Speaking to CNN Brasil, Mr. Bolsonaro said the speaker is setting a “fiscal time bomb” to ruin the economy, destroy his administration, and oust him from the presidency. The crisis gained a new chapter on Sunday, when the president attended a quasi-putschist rally and claimed “there is no more room for negotiations” with Congress.

However, at the same time, President Bolsonaro is negotiating more than ever. In a desperate attempt to gain some parliamentary support to block bills to which the...

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