Brazil’s justice minister resigns, accusing Bolsonaro of improper conduct
Moro said he could only discern political and improper motive behind Bolsonaro’s decision to fire Mauricio Valeixo, the head of the federal police. He accused Bolsonaro of wanting to install a police chief who would grant him access to confidential reports and take investigative requests, jeopardizing the agency’s political independence.
“That really isn’t the role of the military police to serve this kind of information,” Moro said.
The resignation deprived Bolsonaro of one of his most crucial and popular allies, further isolating him as he comes under criticism for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. It also illustrated how quickly the political landscape has shifted in Brazil since the arrival of the pandemic.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly minimized the disease, calling it “a little flu” that doesn’t warrant closing businesses, shuttering schools and national isolation. His positioning — which he’s maintained even with 3,300 dead and 50,000 infected — has put him at odds with many of his political allies and most of the Brazilian population.
[Source: Washington Post]