Health Minister could get his pink slip today

Health Minister to get his pink slip today
Bolsonaro (L) and Mandetta. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Luiz Henrique Mandetta’s tenure as the head of Brazil’s Health Ministry is all but over. He told weekly magazine Veja that he will no longer stay in office after a 60-day battle. “Sixty days measuring your words. You speak today, the person gets you, says they agree with you, and then changes their mind and takes the opposite direction. It’s enough, isn’t it? We’ve helped enough.”

We’ve selected some of our previously published articles to help you understand exactly how things became so fraught between President Jair Bolsonaro and his top health official, amid the biggest pandemic to hit the world in living memory:

The anatomy of a crisis

The Brazilian Report on the BBC World News

Editor-in-chief Gustavo Ribeiro spoke to BBC World News on Wednesday night about what led Jair Bolsonaro to cut ties with his cabinet minister. Watch: