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Bolsonaro’s popularity jumps as Brazil economy improves and crime drops

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s approval rating has surged, thanks to an improving economy and his government’s efforts to fight corruption and make Brazil’s cities safer, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The CNT/MDA poll showed Brazilians are more worried about the economy, jobs and public security than controversies that surround Bolsonaro, who had to fire his culture secretary last week for copying Nazi propaganda chief Goebbels in a speech. Reversing a steady decline in popularity in…

Brazil flirts with a double-dip recession

Brazil’s economy shrank in the first quarter for the first time since 2016, data showed on Thursday, pushing Latin America’s largest economy closer to a double-dip recession. Optimism that President Jair Bolsonaro would quickly unlock Brazil’s growth potential faces the reality of lengthy negotiations between Congress and his inexperienced administration. The former military officer was swept into office in January after making market-friendly pledges to boost growth and after the brutal…
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