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FILE {Picture|Photograph|Image}: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro {appears} on {throughout a} ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

July 2, 2021

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-{correct} President Jair Bolsonaro {will be} in {a good} spot, caught {between your} rock of impeachment threats and the {difficult|tough} {host to} dwindling public {assistance}, as corruption scandals over COVID-19 vaccine {offers} encircle his {management}.

On {the main one} hand, if he denounces allies in Congress {associated with} alleged attempts to profit on vaccine orders, Bolsonaro risks {dropping|shedding} the backing of the fickle cluster of center parties with which {he’s got} allied {to be able to} {make sure|guarantee|assure|make certain} bids to impeach him {proceed|move} nowhere.

But, if he chooses {to safeguard} the scandal-hit politicians and their parties, {Bolsonaro {could possibly be} stained by graft charges {before} next year’s election.|Bolsonaro {could possibly be} stained by graft charges of next year’s election ahead.} {{He could be} already down in the polls.|{He could be} down in the polls already.}

The Covaxin scandal, {where} allies are accused of putting undue pressure on health ministry officials to hasten a purchase for the Indian vaccine Covaxin, {has turned into a} nightmare for Bolsonaro {partly} {since it} allegedly involves the government’s chief whip in {the low} house of Congress: Ricardo Barros.

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Bolsonaro have denied all wrongdoing.}

The accusations have given Bolsonaro’s opponents ample ammunition to attack him, with the president’s {reliance on} centrist parties, {a lot of} whose leaders face graft investigations, belying his campaign vow {to completely clean} up Brazilian politics that got him elected in 2018.

“Bolsonaro faces {a continuing} process of weakening. {It’s hard {to say this} will {result in} an impeachment,|Hard {to say this} will {result in} an impeachment it’s,} {nonetheless it} does hurt his {likelihood of} re-election,” said Claudio Couto, political scientist at the Getulio Vargas Foundation think tank in Sao Paulo.

{Over fifty percent} a million Brazilians have died from COVID-19, {yet Brazil lags {a great many other} countries in vaccinations.|brazil lags {a great many other} countries in vaccinations yet.} Only 11.8% of its population are fully vaccinated. {{It has} made allegations of graft surrounding vaccine orders particularly damaging for the president.|{It has} made allegations of graft surrounding vaccine orders damaging for the president particularly.}

A Senate inquiry {in to the} government’s handling of the pandemic has dug up alleged corruption involving health ministry insiders and pro-Bolsonaro lawmakers accused of {wanting to} overpay the Indian maker of Covaxin, Bharat Biotech.

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{It really is} unlikely that the probe {provides} down Bolsonaro,|

{It really is} unlikely that the probe shall {lower} Bolsonaro,} {{nonetheless it} has produced daily headlines that increase public perceptions of incompetence and suspicions of corruption in his government.|{nonetheless it} has produced daily headlines that increase public perceptions of suspicions and incompetence of corruption in his government.}

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On,} at the request of three senators on the inquiry commission, {a Supreme Court justice asked Brazil’s top prosecutor {to research} the president for dereliction of duty.|a Supreme Court justice asked Brazil’s top prosecutor {to research} the elected president for dereliction of duty.}

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On,} Bolsonaro fired a health ministry official {who was simply} a political protégé of his chief whip Barros after he reportedly took a bribe in another vaccine deal.

Hours later, lawmakers from {over the} political spectrum, {social lawyers and groups filed a collective impeachment request,} {combining {a large number of} previous filings that the speaker {of the home},|combining {a large number of} previous filings that the speaker of the homely house,} a Bolsonaro ally, has declined {to do something} upon.

Some politicians have begun {to give up} the coalition {referred to as} the Centrao, or big Center, {that’s} shielding Bolsonaro.

Gilberto Kassab, {a former Sao Paulo leader and mayor of the center-right Social Democratic Party,} {month did so last,} {angling to field {an unbiased} presidential candidate next year.|year angling to field {an unbiased} presidential candidate next.}

A survey published {the other day} by pollster IPEC showed that disapproval of Bolsonaro’s government has {increased to} 49%, {a lot more than} double the approval rate of 24%. IPEC confirmed other polls showing that former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would defeat Bolsonaro handily if the election {happened} now.

“With falling popularity and less budget resources available, the Centrao could abandon Bolsonaro, {since it} {did} so with past presidents,” said Carlos Melo, politics professor at the Insper business school in Sao Paulo.

Previous cases were Fernando Collor de Mello, who resigned facing impeachment in 1992, and Dilma Rousseff of Lula’s Workers Party, {who was simply} impeached in 2016.

“Their alliance with Bolsonaro {is dependant on} self-interest. {{For as long} a {he’s got} something {to provide} them,|As a {he’s got} something {to provide} them long,} {government funds or positions,} {{they’ll} continue with him,|they shall continue with him,}” Melo said. “But {when} he {is apparently} in trouble, {they shall abandon ship.}”

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Stephen Eisenhammer and Alistair Bell)

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