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Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off: Foreign Policy

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off: Foreign Policy
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MAY 15: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talks during launch a new campaign against domestic violence amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Planalto Palace on May 15, 2020 in Brasilia. Brazil has over 202,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and 13,993 deaths. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

For the vast majority of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s time in office, his approval rating—the number of Brazilians who rank his government as “good or great”—has wavered between 30 and 37 percent, according to pollster Datafolha. That was the case even as recently as March, when a brutal second wave of the coronavirus hit Brazil amid a slow vaccine rollout. Bolsonaro’s support appears to have been buoyed by significant financial aid payments to poor Brazilians and his insistence that spurning physical distancing is good for the economy, Foreign Policy on website.
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