Brazil’s democracy under pressure: Bitter presidential race upstages bicentennial rallies
10 September 2022 | 5:32 am
It is Brazil's bicentennial. Four weeks before he stands for re-election, president Jair Bolsonaro opting for a decidedly martial tone to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a South American giant that hass experienced plenty of ups and downs in the 36 years since the generals made way for a return to democracy.
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