Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Everything You Need to Know About Brazil’s New Government

A breakdown of the key figures, opposition and policy priorities for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro.


Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil’s president on Jan. 1, 2019. Here, Americas Quarterly analyzes several aspects of his government – 10 key figures (including former Judge Sérgio Moro and Bolsonaro’s three sons), the main opposition leaders, and his top policy priorities (reducing crime, overhauling education, and more).

10 Key Figures | The Opposition | Policy Priorities | Congressional Map

Congressional Map

Brazilians elected a raft of new legislators in October 2018. Below, a breakdown of the support Bolsonaro commands in Congress, with the caveat that allegiances may – and likely will – shift.


O’Boyle is a senior editor at AQ. Reporting on congress by Ximena Enríquez.

Photo Credits 10 Figures (in order): Ricardo Velez Rodriguez’s Facebook Page; Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty; Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty; Evaristo SA/AFP/Getty; Geraldo Magela/Agencia Senado/Flickr; Leo Correa; Andres Leighton/AP; Jackson Ciceri/Istoe.com.br; Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty; Patricia Monteiro/Getty; Mark Kauziarich/Getty; Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty; Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters; Dida Sampaio/Estadao Conteudo/AP; Daniel  Ramalho/AFP/Getty

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Brendan O'Boyle is a senior editor at Americas Quarterly, where he writes about Latin American politics, produces the Americas Quarterly Podcast, and manages the publication’s social media presence. Brendan has been featured as an expert on Latin American issues in various outlets, including The Washington PostTelevisa and El País.

Tags: Brazil, Brazil's New President, Jair Bolsonaro, Who's Who Brazil government
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