Political situation Crisis leads to political change of direction
Numerous politicians and government officials have been accused of taking bribes and are under investigation. The corruption scandal and a severe economic crisis have caused a surge in discontent among the population.
The presidential elections in 2018 were won by Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on 1 January 2019. Bolsonaro has appointed numerous former members of the military forces to serve in his cabinet. The president has named fighting corruption and crime, and boosting the economy as his political priorities.