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As Congress kicks off pandemic hearings, Bolsonaro strikes back

A Supreme Court ruling forced the Senate to launch a hearings committee to investigate the Bolsonaro government's pandemic response

As Congress kicks off pandemic hearings, Bolsonaro strikes back
Following probe request, Bolsonaro will lash at the Supreme Court. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

The relationship between Brazil’s Congress and the Supreme Court has always been laced with tension. And on a few occasions, that agitation has reached boiling points — like in 2016, when the court tried to suspend the then-Senate President, who was facing multiple corruption charges. The Senate put its foot down and simply ignored the ruling, creating an institutional fiasco. On Thursday evening, one Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate to launch a probe into the Bolsonaro government’s pandemic response — meaning we should expect new levels of vitriol flying back and forth across Brasília’s Three Powers Square.

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