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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 02:20 AM

Bolsonaro falters as his COVID disaster becomes impossible to ignore

Losing allies at home and abroad, could this be the beginning of the end for Brazil’s authoritarian president?

Manuella Libardi
9 April 2021, 3.40pm

Jair Bolsonaro is running out of options.

The increasingly isolated Brazilian president faces a destablising political crisis that appears to have alienated his supporters, as well as a pandemic that has mercilessly ravaged the country.

Facing a call for impeachment after opponents criticised what they believe was an illegal attempt to co-opt the country’s armed forces and a rising COVID death toll that shows no sign of abating, critics are beginning to round on Bolsonaro.

His decision to fire defence minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva, and the resignations of the heads of all three branches of the country’s military, was considered by many opponents as an attempted coup.

Bolsonaro’s cynicism and smirking over COVID is a complete contrast with the situation inside his administration.

More:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/bolsonaro-falters-covid-disaster-becomes-impossible-to-ignore/

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