In Brazil, Bolsonaro's COVID-19 Rift With Congress Will Stall Tax Reforms

Mar 27, 2020 | 17:03 GMT
Wearing a protective mask, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro takes to questions regarding the country's coronavirus outbreak during a press conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on March 18, 2020.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wears a protective mask during a March 18 press conference on the country's COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 27, Brazil had reported a total of 2,915 cases of the virus and 77 deaths.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has continued to claim that concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic are overblown. This controversial position has intensified an already bitter rift with Brazilian lawmakers regarding Bolsanoro's perceived disrespect for democratic norms, consuming the time needed to enact key tax reforms before October’s municipal elections....

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