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Bolsonaro wants to win over the Northeast

As the poorest region of the country, the Northeast of Brazil is where Jair Bolsonaro polls the worst. However, he is beginning to gain a foothold

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Jair Bolsonaro inaugurates stretch of the São Francisco river transfer. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

On June 26, in the small Ceará countryside town of Penaforte, President Jair Bolsonaro posed for photos in front of a rushing canal, with his arms aloft, thanking the heavens. He was taking part in the inauguration of another stretch of the São Francisco river transfer project, aimed at delivering water to one of the country’s driest regions.

This was the latest in a series of such photo ops concerning the project, since it was started by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2007. Along with Mr. Bolsonaro, five presidents have claimed ownership of the initiative....

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