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In Brazil, the Cat's Away and the Mice Just Aren't Playing Nice

  • President’s hospitalization sets off cabinet-level infighting
  • Bolsonaro’s VP Mourao draws fire for overstepping his bounds
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Once Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is back at work following his recent surgery, he will have to deal with another malady -- a fragmented government that risks slipping into a full-blown power struggle.

Take this week. Ministers try steal each other’s thunder with conflicting policy announcements and openly root for opposing candidates to head the Senate. Then there is Vice President Hamilton Mourao, whose protagonism has fueled multiple conspiracy theories.