Power

Bolsonaro recreates Labor Ministry for all the wrong reasons

Battling unemployment is a key issue for Jair Bolsonaro's re-election hopes, but he recreated the Labor Ministry simply as a consolation prize to a long-time ally

labor President Jair Bolsonaro greets now-Labor Minister Onyx Lorenzoni during event in the presidential palace. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro greets now-Labor Minister Onyx Lorenzoni during event in the presidential palace. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

From the beginning, the Jair Bolsonaro administration has been an ideological patchwork. At first, power was split between rural elites, Army generals, ultralibertarian economists, and ideological zealots. 

Since then, however, center-right parties in Congress have taken over the government, stealing power from the libertarian wing and fighting with military advisors for prominence. Many of the zealots were cast aside in scandal, as was the case of a short-lived culture secretary who paraphrased Joseph Goebbels during an address to the nation. But one person within this group has remained in Mr. Bolsonaro’s good books for his entire term:...

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