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Brazil’s Defense Minister Resigns in Surprise Move

Fernando Azevedo e Silva
Fernando Azevedo e SilvaPhotographer: Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images
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Brazil’s Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva is stepping down, a surprise move that marks the second change in President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet within hours.

In a brief letter, Azevedo thanked the president for the opportunity to serve and said he leaves “knowing the mission was accomplished.” The statement, sent by the ministry’s press office, doesn’t mention a reason for his resignation.