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Bolsonaro allies accuse Supreme Court of foul play. They may have a point

In the name of 'saving democracy,' one Supreme Court justice resorts to questionable methods in a probe against pro-Bolsonaro businessmen

Bolsonaro allies accuse Supreme Court of foul play. They may have a point
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes is also Brazil’s chief electoral justice — and has been a lightning rod for far-right vitriol. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

Since taking office as president in January 2019, Jair Bolsonaro has made Brazil’s institutions less transparent, reduced the relationship between Congress and the government to a clientelistic bond, weakened accountability bodies, and continues to hint at the possibility of overthrowing the upcoming election if he loses the vote. 

By many accounts, Mr. Bolsonaro is considered a bonafide threat to democracy. But on the grounds of containing the president’s penchant for authoritarianism, many actors have bent the rules themselves — sometimes to further their own self-interest rather than the well-being of the Republic.

That was the case two years ago, when the...

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