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Two more years for Bolsonaro’s obedient prosecutor general

Prosecutor General Augusto Aras is set to be handed a second term in charge of Brazil's federal prosecution service, despite widespread criticism of his subservience to Jair Bolsonaro

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Prosecutor General Augusto Aras. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Barring a wild twist, Brazil’s Senate is set to hand Prosecutor General Augusto Aras a new two-year term this week, without major fuss. The rapporteur of Mr. Aras’s nomination, Senator Eduardo Braga wrote that the prosecutor general used his time in office “to mediate conflicts” and carry out “dozens of moves to curb wrongdoing.”

But there are many in Brazil who would disagree with Mr. Braga’s glowing review of the current head of the prosecution service. Since being given the job two years ago, Mr. Aras has shown an unprecedented level of subservience to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who...

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