Bolsonaro is preparing Government reshuffle – ZAP


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Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro announced that the new ministers were chosen on “technical criteria”, but did not give specific details about the possible changes.

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, announced this Wednesday that it is preparing a new and small government reshuffle to strengthen the government’s relationship with Congress.

“We are even working on a small ministerial change, which should take place on Monday, to be more precise and for us to continue administering Brazil here,” announced Jair Bolsonaro.

“We have a huge responsibility, I knew the job wasn’t going to be easy, but it really is very difficult. I don’t recommend this chair to my friends.”, he added, in an interview with radio Prime Time Zone de Itapetininga.

The Brazilian head of state said that the new ministers were chosen based on “technical criteria”, but did not give specific details about the possible changes.

According to the media places, the reform can affect the Civil House Ministries it’s at General secretary, both linked to the office of the Presidency of the Republic.

The change comes at a time when the Brazilian government is politically weakened due to corruption scandals in the management of the pandemic and successive administrative crises and, therefore, needs to strengthen the support of the so-called ‘centrão’, a group of political parties with pragmatic right-wing formations. and more moderate centre-rights, with wide control of Congress and which Bolsonaro intends to use as a platform in the 2022 presidential elections.

The support of the ‘central’ is also essential for avoid a possible dismissal process. of the President amid dozens of petitions presented with this objective and that are stopped in the Brazilian Congress.

Bolsonaro has already made two changes to the Government this year, the last in March, when he announced the change of six ministers, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “replacement” of the heads of the three Armed Forces, which are one of the pillars of his administration.