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There’s a way to oust Bolsonaro. But it’s not an impeachment

The "Mourão Risk" makes impeachment an unlikely scenario. For some insiders, the Electoral Court might be the only way to remove Bolsonaro

President Jair Bolsonaro (right) and VP Hamilton Mourão, in the background. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro (right) and VP Hamilton Mourão, in the background. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

On May 21, the Workers’ Party filed an impeachment request against President Jair Bolsonaro — the 35th such petition now sitting on House Speaker Rodrigo Maia’s desk. The party bases its document on the accusations made by former Justice Sergio Moro, who claimed Mr. Bolsonaro tried to illegally meddle with the Federal Police. The request, however, is merely rhetorical, and has absolutely no chance of moving forward.

While impeachment talks have stopped being taboo in Brasília, it remains far from a tangible reality, for a few reasons. Despite his rising rejection rates, Mr. Bolsonaro has managed to hold...

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