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Clock Already Ticking on Reforms as Bolsonaro Steps Up in Brazil

  • Incoming far-right president due to take office on Jan. 1
  • Poll shows high level of public support for the new president
Jair Bolsonaro 

Jair Bolsonaro 

Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Jair Bolsonaro will start his presidency on Jan. 1 with three-quarters of Brazilians believing he is on the right track. Now the hard part begins.

Two months since riding to victory in a deeply polarizing election campaign, the former paratrooper has assembled a slimmed-down cabinet of economic liberals and social conservatives. These picks, along with his decision to sidestep the traditional wheeling and dealing with party bosses, appear to resonate with much of the electorate.