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Bolsonaro Ousts Top Ministers as Pandemic Spirals Out of Control

  • President makes room for centrist parties in cabinet shake up
  • Minister of defense, foreign affairs and justice were replaced
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president

Photographer: Andressa Anholete/Bloomberg
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President Jair Bolsonaro announced sweeping cabinet changes amid growing pressure from the pandemic that’s ravaging Brazil.

Bolsonaro, an idiosyncratic rightist who swept into office just over two years ago in a Trumpian triumph, had to accept members of the centrist establishment he once disdained while seeking to hold onto his military and ideological bases. The resignations and firings on Monday spanned a half a dozen top posts, including minister of defense, foreign affairs and justice.