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Weekly Report - 4 February 2021 (WR-21-05)

BRAZIL: The ‘old politics’ is back in fashion

President Jair Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 promising an end to the clientelist practices that have always dominated the relationship between the executive and the legislature in Brazil. He has gradually reneged on this promise over his past two years in office; now, the election of new leaders in the federal congress on 1 February has sealed a return to the old way of doing politics, with the ‘centrão’ bloc of self-serving and ideologically flexible parties emerging as the big winner in this week’s congressional leadership elections.

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