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Weekly Report - 16 April 2020 (WR-20-15)

BRAZIL: The fight for the last word

The impending threat of a surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, with public health services already beginning to be stretched beyond capacity in certain states, has not put an end to political tensions and power struggles in Brazil. The rift between President Jair Bolsonaro and state governors continues to grow. The president’s relationship with his health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, is on rocky ground. The executive and congress are in disagreement over financial aid to states, while the judiciary has had to step in to settle who, of Bolsonaro or local authorities, has the final say in deciding which measures should be taken to protect the Brazilian population from the coronavirus.

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