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Weekly Report - 24 January 2019 (WR-19-03)

BRAZIL: Domestic scandal mars Bolsonaro’s Davos appearance

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro made his debut on the world stage this week when he addressed heads of state, top executives and global leaders from all sectors at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos-Klosters. In the absence of big names like US President Donald Trump, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, all stuck at home managing domestic crises, Bolsonaro had become one of the key attractions for this year’s attendees. He did not live up to his billing and his performance was further overshadowed in Brazil by recent revelations which have cast suspicions of serious wrongdoing over one of his sons, Flávio Bolsonaro.

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