Latin American Weekly Report

27/08/2021 - Setting up a showdown for Brazil’s Independence Day

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, at odds with congress and the supreme court (STF), may knowingly or unknowingly be setting up the country for a Brazilian version of the storming of the US Capitol in the last days of the presidency of Donald Trump.

All the ingredients of a troubled Brazilian Independence Day – due to be celebrated on 7 September – seem to have been put in place. For the last few months, relations between the Bolsonaro administration on the one hand, and congress and the STF on the other, have been deteriorating. Amid the continuing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and economic hardship, President Bolsonaro has lost popularity and his chances of winning re-election next year appear to be dwindling.

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