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A schism within Brazil’s far-right causing trouble for Bolsonaro

Two of President Bolsonaro's main support bases — the military and ideological anti-globalists — have been at odds for some time

A schism within Brazil's far-right causing trouble for Bolsonaro
Olavo de Carvalho, the far-right guru. Image: YouTube/Olavo de Carvalho

In 2018, an improbable coalition of military officers, ultra-libertarian economists, far-right ideological zealots, and agribusiness representatives helped push Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency of Brazil. But in the 18 months since he took office, the ideological patchwork that is his administration has led to numerous squabbles between government members. The latest spark was lit when Abraham Weintraub, a quintessential member of the “zealots,” was dismissed from the Education Ministry, leaving an important vacancy to be filled within the administration.

In a push to appoint someone with a proven track record in education yet also cater to his more radical supporters,...

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