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Impeachment talks gain steam in Brasília as Bolsonaro loses support

Bolsonaro has seen his approval ratings fall due to his atrocious handling of the pandemic. One ally says impeachment is a "possibility"

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President Jair Bolsonaro during a government event. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Despite Brazil being one of the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus — with over 8.5 million confirmed cases and 211,000 deaths — Jair Bolsonaro saw his approval ratings hit their highest level in the second half of 2020. As we explained on The Brazilian Report, this was thanks to the coronavirus emergency aid program, the biggest cash-transfer initiative in the country’s history, reaching 67 million people and driving poverty rates to their lowest levels in at least 16 years.

However, without the money to continue paying the emergency aid benefits and amid the healthcare collapse in the Amazon — laying bare...

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