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Pacheco wins Senate President vote in major win for Bolsonaro

Rodrigo Pacheco wins the leadership election in the Senate in an important political triumph for Bolsonaro. However, in exchange, the president will have to reshuffle his cabinet

Pacheco wins Senate President vote in major win for Bolsonaro
The Senate during the election of its directive board. Photo: Jefferson Rudy/AS/CN

Few Brazilians would be able to pick first-term Senator Rodrigo Pacheco out of a crowd of one, but the 44-year-old lawyer became one of the most powerful men in Brazil on Monday night, after he was elected Senate President.

He won the race against fellow rookie Simone Tebet, by a 57-21 landslide.

A divisive figure, Mr. Pacheco is notable for his work behind the scenes in Brasília’s corridors of power. Some of his peers say he is little more than a proxy for outgoing Senate President Davi Alcolumbre — who ushered his rise to the head of the upper house...

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