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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The institutional foundations of Brazil are under attack from each other, and from within.

The President and his economic team have been running pitched battles with the so-called “Centrão”, where the corrupt minnow parties in Congress want a larger share of governmental spoils before they will vote in favor of much-needed reforms. The President hurts himself by appointing well-known, well-heeled wheeler-dealers as ministers, characters who are familiar with the smoke-filled back rooms where crooked lobbyists go to play.

The Chamber of Deputies ousted . . .

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