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Already suffering from the world’s worst surge in coronavirus deaths, Brazil is now verging on political meltdown. Since late March six members of President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet and the heads of all three armed services have left office, raising fears that Bolsonaro, facing re-election in 2022, will exploit the crisis to tighten his grip on power.

The possible unravelling of South America’s most populous country and the world’s fourth biggest democracy puts the onus on Bolsonaro’s opponents to offer Brazilians a credible alternative to populism...

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