Bolsonaro Ally Senator Rodrigo Pacheco to Head Congress After Senate Vote

Bolsonaro's popular support, along with a growing willingness to engage in traditional horse-trading in Congress, have helped him secure a political base of center-right lawmakers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Senate on Monday, February 1st, chose a lawmaker endorsed by President Jair Bolsonaro to head the upper chamber, giving the conservative leader a base among center-right politicians with whom he had once vowed never to ally.

Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) won a two-year leadership term by a vote of 57-21.

Another Bolsonaro ally, Arthur Lira of the right-wing Progressive Party(PP-AL), is expected to win the presidency of the lower house later on Monday.

Bolsonaro’s support for Pacheco and Lira underscore his embrace of a fragmented bloc . . .

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