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Bolsonaro fears the reaper as Covid hearings kick off

Bolsonaro's pandemic response will be under the microscope. Whatever the probe's outcome, it is unlikely to be positive for the president

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Senate committee sessions can get tense. In 2017, two senators nearly threw punches at each other and had to be contained by peers. Photo: Marcos Oliveira/ABr

Nearly three decades have passed since Brazil’s Congress held its most famous and consequential hearings committee – known in Brazil as CPIs – to date. 

Between June and August 1992, lawmakers of both houses investigated the secret dealings of Paulo César Farias, who was a financial caretaker for then-President Fernando Collor. Previously Mr. Collor’s campaign treasurer, he acted as a bridge between the president and dirty businesses willing to pay bribes in exchange for hefty contracts, once the new government took office.

The Collor administration tried but failed...

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