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RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP - (Opinion) In a recent column, we posited that the resurgent “Centrão” bloc in Brazil’s Congress has supplanted the “300 Picaretas” of yesteryear, resuming their role as the President’s chief source of support, in exchange for patronage, power and profits.

Bolsonaro’s purpose, not unlike that of his acknowledged idol Trump, is twofold: (1) avoid impeachment and (2) win re-election. Bolsonaro, who is cleverer than most people give him credit . . .

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