Bolsonaro Allies Poised to Win Leadership of Brazil’s Congress

Despite deep recession and the world’s second-deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, polls show Bolsonaro retaining his core support of a third of the electorate, though his negatives rose in January as the second wave of the pandemic began to bite.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Allies of Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro are set to win leadership roles in Congress on Monday, February 1st, bolstering his standing but not necessarily his economic team’s reform agenda, analysts and politicians said.

Rodrigo Pacheco of the center-right Democrats party, whom Bolsonaro has endorsed, is expected to easily win election as president of the Senate, with 55-60 votes in the 81-seat chamber, according to risk consultancy Arko Advice.

Pacheco recently said he would not make a priority of privatizing Eletrobras, Latin America’s largest utility and one of the . . .

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