Brazilian Defense and Foreign Ministers Resign

Both Brazilian foreign and defense ministers resigned just days after the health minister was replaced forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to make several Cabinet changes in one day.

Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo submitted his resignation first which was blamed on the vaccine procurement controversy.

“One thing’s for sure, he’s the worst foreign minister Brazil has ever had,” said former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

Araujo has recently been under flak from the rest of the cabinet for his criticism of Brazil’s top trade partner China.

Brazil’s Foreign Ministry has not yet made a comment about Araujo’s departure.

To replace Araujo, Bolsonaro chose Carlos Alberto Franco França as the new foreign minister.

Azevedo e Silva, Defense Minister followed after remaining in his post since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019.

“During this time, I preserved the Armed Forces as institutions of the state. I leave in the certainty of a mission accomplished,” said Silva on his departure. 

Bolsonaro appointed his current chief of staff, Walter Souza Braga Netto, a former army general to replace Silva. 

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