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How Bolsonaro tries to pander to truckers

Truckers are both vital to the Brazilian economy and a key support base for Jair Bolsonaro. The president has spared no expense to keep them happy, a challenging task as diesel prices soar

President Jair Bolsonaro supported the 2018 truckers strike, but has done the impossible for a new such movement to happen during his administration. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro supported the 2018 truckers’ strike, but has done all he can to avoid a new such movement happening during his administration. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Senator Fernando Bezerra Coelho, a former government whip who still acts as rapporteur for bills that are important to President Jair Bolsonaro, promised to deliver a report this week on a bill aimed at reducing taxes on diesel and cooking gas. Mr. Coelho also pledged to include one additional measure in the proposal: a voucher for truckers to buy fuel.

High diesel prices hit truckers particularly hard – and as the cost of oil surges worldwide, the price of diesel at the pump in Brazil has gone up by more than 50 percent in the past year. This ‘trucker...

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