Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s New Far-Right President Fires Hundreds of ‘Left Wing’ Civil Servants

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil
From the Independent: “Brazil’s new president has authorised the dismissal of civil servants who do not share his far-right ideology, it has been reported. Having taken office this week, Jair Bolsonaro has launched a purge of left-wing government officials with approximately 300 people expected to be dismissed.” Photo credit: Senado Federal / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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