Brazil‘s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, is yet to complete his first month in office and cracks have started appearing in his eclectic electoral base.
Bolsonaro, a former military officer who was a member of the Brazilian Congress for nearly three decades without leaving a legislative trace, rose to prominence last year after securing significant support from discordant right-wing groups.
From the free market-loving members of the Free Brazil Movement (MBL) to religious fundamentalists, from the followers of the far-right “philosopher” and astrologer Olavo de Carvalho to the traditionally conservative, promilitary interventionists, almost all of Brazil’s prominent right-wing activists united behind the populist politician. Even Integralistas, a fascist movement founded in Brazil in the 1930s, and the monarchists declared their support for “Bolsonarism”.
Full article at Al Jazeera’s website. Date of publication: 31/01/2019