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More social spending in Brazil may undermine Bolsonaro’s reelection bid

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's closest political advisors have warned him that further increasing Brazil's social spending could jeopardize his re-election chances next year.

The government is continually looking for opportunities to expand and strengthen social policies - including Bolsonaro's flagship Auxílio Brasil (Brazil Aid) program, which will pay R$400 (US$70.32) a month to some 17 million families - but that can't be done without fiscal responsibility, according to Minister of Citizenship João Roma.

"The social and economic areas are two sides of the same coin," said Roma, who oversees . . .

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