Bolsonaro Will Test His Power in Congress in The Middle of A Crisis

President must save 11 provisional measures from expiring

Talita Fernandes Daniel Carvalho
São Paulo

Worn out by congressional defeats and street protests, the Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) government will have to—in less than 15 days— seek approval of 11 provisional measures that will soon expire. Among them is the one that reorganizes the ministries.

Unhappy, members of various parties will evaluate whether it is worth leaving the provisional measures to expire to send a message to the Planalto Palace—or if this will reinforce the president's victim speech.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Relations with Congress became tenser after the president shared a text that calls Brazil ungovernable in the absence of conspiracies.

The government is trying to bring social security reform back to the agenda, overshadowed in recent days by protests against cuts in federal universities and the investigations into Senator Flávio Bolsonaro.

On another front, the president wants to show that he maintains popular support, having been elected with almost 58 million votes. There are calls for protests on Sunday in defense of the government. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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