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Bolsonaro’s new bedfellows deliver results. But for how long?

President Jair Bolsonaro has jumped into bed with the crony 'Big Center' in exchange for protection in Congress. But how far will this support go? 

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President Jair Bolsonaro broke with his promise to go against “old politics.” Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Last week, the Brazilian lower house approved President Jair Bolsonaro’s job-saving program allowing companies to cut the working hours and salaries of their employees, who will in turn receive compensation by the government. The vote was considered a success by the administration, as its governing coalition was able to strike down a proposal raising the cap for compensation, which would have cost the already cash-strapped government an extra BRL 23 billion (USD 4.3 billion). The bill’s approval was made possible by Mr. Bolsonaro’s newly-celebrated alliance with the so-called “Big Center” of Congress, whose support has given the president a...

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