Bolsonaro’s latest crisis threatens Brazil’s virus response

DAVID BILLER and MARCELO DE SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public health emergency and economic meltdown, President Jair Bolsonaro has managed to add a third ingredient to the toxic mix: political crisis. Even if it doesn't speed his downfall, it will render Brazilians more vulnerable to the pandemic. Bolsonaro's decision last week to replace the federal police chief – and cross his popular justice minister, Sérgio Moro, who quit and alleged impropriety – has sparked an investigation into the president's actions that will be conducted by the federal police itself. Already the scandal threatens to supplant coronavirus as the day's most urgent matter. "He is dividing the attention of the government and of society, and draining e
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