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After acrimonious split, Bolsonaro could get back in bed with old political party

Bolsonaro abandoned the Social Liberal Party, promising to form his own party. After this has failed, he is looking to get back to his old home

party President Jair Bolsonaro
President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Tânia Rêgo/ABr

When no major parties agreed to take him on as a presidential candidate in 2018, Jair Bolsonaro found a home in the tiny Social Liberal Party (PSL). To the disbelief of the political establishment, Mr. Bolsonaro won the presidency by a wide margin — and became 2018’s biggest kingmaker, paving the way for several of his little-known party colleagues to win their races for governor and Congress. The PSL went from being a small group with eight seats to the second-largest bench in the lower house.

His stellar electoral performance gave Mr. Bolsonaro the impression that the PSL...

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