Rocky First Year for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro's sharp tongue and the controversial behavior of his sons has led his first year as president to be anything but calm.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The year of 2019 was the first year of Brazil’s right-wing Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency. Contradicting expectations, Bolsonaro did not soften his aggressive stance once he took office, and the Brazilian leader, his sons and cabinet nominees fostered controversy throughout the year, both domestically and abroad. Below are some highlights of 2019 for the Bolsonaro government.

The year began with human rights groups criticizing a decree issued by Bolsonaro in mid-January that would ease rules for the possession of firearms in the country. The decree would be the first of eight published this . . .

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