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Message from Arthur Lira exposed Congress dissatisfaction with Ernesto Araújo – Prime Time Zone

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Allied base parliamentarians recognize that the chancellor has the prestige of the President of the Republic, but demand the dismissal of the head of the Itamaraty and speak of an ‘unsustainable situation’

Isac Nóbrega / PRPressure for Ernesto Araújo’s departure has intensified in recent days

Hours after attending a meeting with representatives of the three branches of government, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), raised the tone against the government of the president Jair Bolsonaro, stressed that he was hitting a “yellow light” and stated, on Wednesday night, the 24th, that Parliament’s political remedies are known and some “fatal”. In the assessment of parliamentarians from the allied base and party leaders heard by the Young pan, Lira’s speech has a clear objective: to signal to the Planalto Palace that, given the seriousness of the crisis caused by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, it is necessary to put ideology and radicalism aside.

Subject to reservation, two deputies stated that, despite the harsh tone of Lira’s speech, it is still not possible to envision the progress of an impeachment process. However, the intention is to make it clear that Congress will not passively watch the health crisis worsen. A similar argument is used by the deputy mayor, Marcelo ramos (PL-AM). In an interview with Prime Time Zone before the country crossed the 300,000 deaths caused by Covid-19, Ramos said that “everyone has lost patience” with the federal government and that Parliament needed to react to the advance of the pandemic. “Parliament cannot passively watch Brazil reach 3,000 deaths per day and approach 300,000 deaths. Parliament needs to react and President Bolsonaro needs to understand that, in times of crisis, the country needs a national leader, to unify the Federation, not to divide it ”, he said.

In the assessment of another group of parliamentarians, Lira’s speech has a clear addressee: Chancellor Ernesto Araújo. The exchange at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is an old demand from Centrão’s parties, but the collection has become even more emphatic in recent days, given Brazil’s search for more vaccines against Covid-19. For a leader close to the mayor, Araújo’s situation is “unsustainable”. This Thursday, the 25th, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), affirmed, in a press conference, that Araújo’s performance at the head of the portfolio is “far below” the desired. “Far beyond personification, what has to be changed is foreign policy. International relations need to be more present, in an environment of greater diplomacy. It is something that is evident to everyone, not only in Congress, but to all Brazilians who see the need for Brazil to have a better external representation than it has today, ”said Pacheco.

In an interview with Young pan, Senator Nelsinho Trad (PSD-MS), former president of the Foreign Affairs Commission and member of the current composition of the collegiate, said that “the situation is transparent for those who want to see, changes in procedures and actions must be made”, but he stressed that the chancellor was already at the epicenter of other crises and was kept in office for having the support of President Jair Bolsonaro and people close to him, such as deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), his son. “Ernesto has the support of people very close to the president. The other times, he went through a crisis and overcame them. The Bolsonarist hard core has always supported him, ”he told Prime Time Zone.“ The legitimate prerogative to act in this regard [demitir o chanceler] is exclusive to the President of the Republic. The exchange can be made based on two pillars: technical and political. In this second case, the allied base may enter the middle to give an opinion, but it is the president’s prerogative to make the exchange, or not, ”he added. Next to the PP’s national president, Senator Ciro Nogueira (PI), Nelsinho Trad had lunch with President Jair Bolsonaro and two other senators this Thursday afternoon – he says that the possible exchange at the Itamaraty was not the subject of the meeting.

Despite the assessment that the dismissal of Ernesto Araújo is a prerogative of Bolsonaro, the base allied to the government demands the resignation of the chancellor. A correspondent for the mayor, Arthur Lira, deputy Fausto Pinato sums up the situation: “Either the ideological wing leaves or the war is declared”, told the report. “The ideological wing has no vote to support the government, they have no vote to hold the government,” he explains. Even with the promise to remain loyal to the President of the Republic, the Centrão has been sending explicit signals to the Planalto Palace: the omission of the federal government can be costly.

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