Political alliances and private jets: how to win the House Speaker election

The next House Speaker, to be chosen on February 1, will wield immense influence in the latter half of Bolsonaro's term

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Brazil’s Congress building. Photo: marmore/Shutterstock

Presidential campaigns in Brazil can be brutal — and costly — for candidates, who have to cross thousands of kilometers on an almost daily basis to meet and greet voters. When it comes to congressional leadership elections, however, one would think that candidates for House Speaker would have an easier time, as the only votes they have to win over are those of their peers — most of whom they know on a first-name basis.

One would be mistaken.

Candidates for the House Speaker position have a tremendous structure at their behest, including campaign managers and even private jets. Frontrunners Arthur...

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