Opinion: Bolsonaro impeachment? Be careful what you wish for

If Congress impeaches Bolsonaro, General Mourão will take over the reins of government until the end of 2022 – unless, of course, a military-backed "auto-coup" postpones or cancels the presidential elections scheduled for October that year.


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (Opinion) – On May 11 and 12, a Datafolha poll asked over 2,000 people throughout Brazil: “Should Congress open impeachment proceedings against President Bolsonaro?”

Datafolha began asking this question over one year ago, at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis in Brazil, and for the first time, more responders (49%) said “Yes” than said “No” (46%). (4% had no opinion.)

This result is hardly surprising, because the same poll showed two other results that were unflattering to Bolsonaro’s image: one predicts him losing the 2022 presidential elections to ex-President Lula by a . . .

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