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Weekly Report - 14 February 2019 (WR-19-06)

BRAZIL: President’s party in disarray

The advancement of the Brazilian government’s policy agenda has been somewhat halted by the absence of President Jair Bolsonaro, who was discharged on 13 February after more than two weeks in hospital. He was admitted on 28 January for a planned operation to have his colostomy bag removed, which was put in after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a campaign rally last year, but was then kept in over concerns of infection. Bolsonaro’s two-week confinement to a hospital bed has limited the progress of projects which require his approval or consultation, such as Economy Minister Paulo Guedes’ pension reform. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro’s Partido Social Liberal (PSL) has become embroiled in allegations of corruption, intensifying disputes in government and congress.

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