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Bolsonaro tries to cement coalition with cabinet reshuffling

After two rocky years, Bolsonaro embarks on what he promised never to do as president: using cabinet positions in exchange for political support

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Jair Bolsonaro (left) with cabinet members and allies. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

After winning the 2018 presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro turned his cabinet into an incompatible patchwork of power circles. This incongruous salad caused numerous internal struggles within the government and hampered the administration’s ability to pass its agenda in Congress. Little by little, however, Mr. Bolsonaro is changing course and embarking on what he promised never to do as president: using cabinet positions in exchange for political support.

Eyeing governability in the latter half of his term, Mr. Bolsonaro booted Tourism Minister and ally Marcelo Álvaro Antônio this afternoon, in order to solidify a coalition with the “Big...

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