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Losing the election may cost Bolsonaro more than just his office

Sunday’s electoral defeat was the first of Jair Bolsonaro’s political career. The former Army captain was successful in all nine previous electoral races he entered since 1988 — one for city council, seven for Congress, and one for the presidency. But more than just losing his office, Mr. Bolsonaro will on January 1, 2023, also lose the myriad legal prerogatives that come with it.

And that could be a problem for him, given the number of investigations he faces.

Federal elected officials in Brazil can only be prosecuted and tried before the Supreme Court. As the rules go, the top…

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