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Brazil’s Defense Minister and his “threats to democracy”

A major Brazilian newspaper published alleged threats made by Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto, saying that next year's election would be canceled unless Congress reintroduces paper ballots

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Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto (center) and President Bolsonaro (left) during an Air Force celebration this week. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

For those closest to Walter Braga Netto, the retired Army general is described as being “completely loyal” to his president and a bit of a hothead. Currently serving as Brazil’s Defense Minister, Mr. Braga Netto is seen as far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s guard dog, faithfully obeying his every command and snarling at his opponents. He is a man of few words, but he is a keen observer and a diligent follower of orders — a true military man.

On Thursday morning, Mr. Braga Netto woke up to a bomb on his front step. Major newspaper Estadão ran a headline...

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