Brazil’s Covid hearings have a chance to go out with a bang

Jair Bolsonaro's war with other branches of government could create a window of opportunity for the opposition to submit an indictment request for his pandemic response

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Prosecutor General Augusto Aras: If he isn’t confirmed by the Senate by late September, an interim replacement might have a chance of taking down President Bolsonaro. Photo: Roque de Sá/SF/CC-BY 4.0

Brazil’s Senate hearings committee to investigate the Jair Bolsonaro administration’s pandemic response will finish its sitting by September 17, when Senator Renan Calheiros is due to submit his final report.

The committee’s mandate allows it to operate until November, but lawmakers believe they have exhausted all lines of investigation that could prove the president was deliberately negligent in his efforts to curb coronavirus infection rates and boost vaccine rollouts in the country. An additional, and perhaps more important reason for terminating the hearings is the perception that the public is losing interest.

Since kicking off in April, the...

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