Opinion: The Ambassador, the Centrão, and the Semi-presidential Express. All Aboard in Brazil?

U.S. Ambassador Chapman's “adios” interview reflects Bolsonaro’s election strategy, past, and future, as it cites only cases of corruption - Mensalão, Petrobras, Lava Jato, and Odebrecht – that occurred on ex-President Lula’s watch.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) On his way out the door, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman, who is taking early retirement, said in an interview with Estadão newspaper, “Democracy is rock-solid in Brazil, the cancer is corruption.” Continuing this theme, he said,”The problems in Brazil are the Mensalão [monthly graft to lawmakers], the skimming of billions from Petrobras, the Lava Jato, Odebrecht . . .

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