BRASILIA — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday extended until the end of the year payments for low-income Brazilians hit by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a program that has boosted his popularity but created tension with his finance team.
The stipend, for poor and informal sector workers who have seen their earnings wrecked by the crisis, will be halved to 300 reais ($55.63) a month, Bolsonaro told reporters in the capital Brasilia.
Recent opinion polls show the payments have helped raise the right-wing president’s popularity, even in the poorer northeastern region of the country, once a stronghold of the left.
The program has also been widely c…
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