Power

Battle lines drawn for crucial 2021 Congress election

Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled that the incumbent heads of Congress cannot run for re-election in February; Bolsonaro scrambles to back allies for the positions

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House Speaker Rodrigo Maia (left) and Senate President Davi Alcolumbre. Photo: Edilson Rodrigues/AgSen

In article 57 of Brazil’s Constitution, it is explicitly stated that the heads of Brazil’s congressional houses are unable to run for re-election in the middle of any given four-year legislature period. However, the provisions of the Constitution have never gotten in the way of the country’s Supreme Court, and its 11 members have employed “creative” solutions to fit their interests on several occasions. Another example was set to occur this week, as justices ruled on whether House Speaker Rodrigo Maia and Senate President Davi Alcolumbre would be handed the right to run for another two years in their...

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