SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – When Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro took office in January, he promised a conservative shift in customs while adopting a more liberal stance in the economy. To do so, the president has been signing an excessive number of decrees and executive measures, according to a group known as Pact for Democracy.

“Legislating through decrees, belittling and subjugating the role of the legislature in a democratic regime, is a way of undermining democracy from within,” says the statement issued by the non-governmental platform which has over 120 entities and thousands of followers.

The use of decrees . . .

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