Opinion: Is President Bolsonaro Running for Re-Election?

Talking the talk is easy; walking the walk can be rough when you need cooperation from the legislature and the judiciary. But if you're running for re-election, you don't care.

Ribeirão Preto, SP – One plank of Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign platform in 2018 stated that he would not be a candidate for re-election if he won his first term. There is reason to believe he is no longer certain he should relinquish power down the road.

A few months ago, when visiting his former hometown in the interior of São Paulo, he let slip a reference to a possible second term, but quickly ran it back, and it’s been largely forgotten.

So, why should anyone think Bolsonaro is now positioning himself for a second term? The . . .

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