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May 11, 2021

He shared his views during an interview on SBT’s “Programa do Ratinho”

Bolsonaro openly against legalizing casinos in Brazil

Bolsonaro openly against legalizing casinos in Brazil
His sudden change of opinion has been speculated by analysts to have been caused by the evangelical sector, the main opponent of the legal gaming industry in Brazil, becoming the Bolsonaro’s biggest support system.
Brazil | 03/30/2020

Despite having previously hinted that casino resorts would be beneficial for Brazil, last week, President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the idea, assuring discussion on that regard won’t be initiated during his administration.

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uring an interview broadcast by SBT’s Programa do Ratinho, the Brazilian president stated that the authority to deal with casino legalization is “exclusively up to the executive branch” and assured that his government won’t initiate discussions on that regard, due to fears that the move would serve as a catalyst for an increase in money laundering crime within the country.

Bolsonaro’s opinion is not shared throughout his administration with members such as Rodrigo Maia, President of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, and Vice President, Hamilton Mourão, expressing support to the legalization of integrated resorts in tourist areas of Brazil.

The president himself had previously hinted that casino resorts would be beneficial for Brazil, and his sudden change of opinion has been speculated by analysts to have been caused by the evangelical sector, the main opponent of the legal gaming industry in Brazil, becoming the Bolsonaro’s biggest support system.

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