RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Senate on Monday, February 1st, chose a lawmaker endorsed by President Jair Bolsonaro to head the upper chamber, giving the conservative leader a base among center-right politicians with whom he had once vowed never to ally.
Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) won a two-year leadership term by a vote of 57-21.
Another Bolsonaro ally, Arthur Lira of the right-wing Progressive Party(PP-AL), is expected to win the presidency of the lower house later on Monday.
Bolsonaro’s support for Pacheco and Lira underscore his embrace of a fragmented bloc . . .