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How Bolsonaro is setting the stage for a coup attempt

President Jair Bolsonaro “is creating the environment for a coup,” says Paulo Roberto de Almeida, a retired Brazilian ambassador

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Former Brazilian diplomat Paulo Roberto de Almeida has criticized Jair Bolsonaro’s “pure demagoguery.” Photo: Roque de Sá/SF

President Jair Bolsonaro will today host foreign ambassadors with the aim of sowing distrust in the integrity of elections in his own country. During the meeting, he will repeat false claims about previous elections being rigged, an allegation for which he himself admitted to having no evidence.

Paulo Roberto de Almeida, a retired career ambassador who served as a counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington between 1999 and 2003, spoke to The Brazilian Report about the meeting and its effects on Brazilian diplomacy.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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