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Meet the Man Who Could Unseat Brazil's Entrenched Leaders

Mar 23, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
The Brazilian political scene is ripe for the rise of Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilian voters are dissatisfied with their country's current state of affairs, and some will no doubt vent their frustrations at the polls in 2018.
(ANDRESSA ANHOLETE/AFP/Getty Images)

Last year's impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff has not brought the measure of political stability to Brazil that many had hoped it would. Most of the activist groups that called for her removal in August are still protesting against rampant corruption in the government, much of which has come to light throughout the course of an ongoing investigation into the corruption scandal surrounding state-owned energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro. In fact, the Movements Brazil Free, Online Rebels and Vem Pra Rua plan to hold a demonstration on March 26 in support of the probe, which has expanded to include hundreds of politicians in Brazil's current administration. That the bulk of the country's traditional political figures are under investigation, at a time when the economy is still mired in recession and Brazilian police are threatening to go on strike to get their unpaid wages, has created fertile ground for anti-establishment forces to...

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