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Brazilian governors probed over Covid-19 response. Is Bolsonaro next?

Opposition senators want to investigate the government's failed Covid-19 response. Several state governors have faced similar probes

In Amazonas, the first Brazilian state to undergo a full-scale hospital collapse during the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Wilson Lima may be about to face a second parliamentary investigation. This time, the focus will be on allegations of overpricing in field hospital contracts
In Amazonas, the first Brazilian state to undergo a full-scale hospital collapse during the pandemic, Governor Wilson Lima is accused of overpricing field hospital contracts. Photo: Marcelo Seabra/AGPA

Hemorrhaging support due to Brazil’s coronavirus catastrophe and pressured into a change of course by allies in Congress, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is scrambling to protect his position and avoid parliamentary investigations into his government’s pandemic response. Opposition senators have banded together to request the opening of a Parliamentary Hearings Committee (CPI) to investigate the Bolsonaro administration’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. 

They have enough support to push the CPI forward, but Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco — elected with Mr. Bolsonaro’s support — has so far blocked the investigation.

Mr. Pacheco’s task is becoming harder...

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