Jair Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro Has the Coronavirus

Bolosonaro is trying to reopen Brazil and vetoed a law that would make the use of masks obligatory. However, at an in-person press conference on Tuesday, he announced that he has the coronavirus.

The Virus and the Crises of the Brazilian Regime

Of all the world’s countries, perhaps Brazil most explosively combines the coronavirus pandemic with a political crisis. The leadership of the Armed Forces is increasing its clout within the government and as a major element of the regime. Rather than removing President Jair Bolsonaro, the military holds on to its moderating power by limiting his role in the midst of the crisis, bringing him into line with the governors, the Congress, and the Supreme Court in a kind of institutional-military Bonapartism.