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 . . .