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Brazil Supreme Court strikes down military intervention thesis in symbolic vote for democracy

Brazil’s Supreme Court unanimously voted Monday that the armed forces have no constitutional power to intervene in disputes between government branches, a largely symbolic decision aimed at bolstering democracy after years of increasing threat of military intervention.

The court’s decision came in response to an argument that right-wing former President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies deployed in recent years.

They have claimed that Article 142 of Brazil’s Constitution affords the military so-called “moderating power” between the…

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