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It’s impeachment season in Brazil

Brazil's political crisis is not only Bolsonaro's problem — as impeachment proceedings take place across the country

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Rio de Janeiro State Congress building. Photo: FP

It has become a cliché to say that the pandemic has precipitated processes that already existed. For Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, “Covid-19 will not so much change the basic direction of world history as accelerate it.” In the case of Brazilian politics, this accelerated history means a faster process of political degradation. On September 17, a grand total of three separate impeachment proceedings will be voted on by legislators — which could result in the ousting of two state governors and one mayor.

To borrow from Tolstoi, every administration close to impeachment is crumbling...

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