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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's strategy to form a strong support base in Congress involves an election to the command of the Chamber, today in the hands of Rodrigo Maia. In an attempt to attract the 'Centrão' (center and center-right political parties) by offering positions - ranging from Banco do Nordeste's (Northeast Bank) directorates to secretariats in Ministries -, Bolsonaro also supports a candidate to succeed Maia in the presidency of the Chamber in 2021.

Behind the scenes, the President is mobilizing allies to boost Deputy Marcos Pereira's campaign in this race, scheduled for February . . .

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