Bolsonaro Allies Win Control of Both Houses of Brazil’s Congress

Bolsonaro’s victories in Congress should help him resist the clamor for his impeachment from critics of his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed some 224,000 Brazilians.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Congress on Monday, February 1st, chose lawmakers endorsed by President Jair Bolsonaro as the presiding officers of its two chambers, giving the far-right leader a base among center-right politicians with whom he had once vowed never to ally.

Senator Rodrigo Pacheco won the two-year term to head the Senate by a vote of 57-21. Another new Bolsonaro ally, Arthur Lira of the right-wing Progressive Party, later won the presidency of the lower house by 302 votes against 145 for his nearest rival.

Bolsonaro’s support for Pacheco and Lira . . .

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