Power

A conflict of interest in the Communications Ministry?

Jair Bolsonaro's new Communications Minister took office less than a week ago. His father-in-law is already reaping the benefits

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Communications Minister Fábio Faria. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

In one of his many attempts to build some semblance of a coalition in Congress, Jair Bolsonaro expanded his cabinet to recreate the Communications Ministry, appointing Fábio Faria as the new department head. Tasked with overseeing telecoms, broadcasting, postal services, and digital inclusion around the country, Mr. Faria has hit the ground running by signing a pair of decrees favoring TV broadcasters and telecom companies eyeing up Brazil’s upcoming 5G auction.

Mr. Faria is a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), a center-right outfit with 36 representatives in the lower house of Congress. Previously independent from the...

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