Desperate to gain the support of the so-called “Big Center” to block a possible indictment or impeachment request, President Jair Bolsonaro seems to be further losing his political capital. After Nelson Teich resigned from the Health Ministry earlier today, Congressman Paulo Pereira da Silva, one of the leaders of the Big Center, issued a critical statement: “I doubt anyone can make the president learn from science and realize that reducing social isolation is the same as putting more people in line for an intensive care unit,” the document read. “Brazil needs leadership, but it will be hard to find a minister who can deal, at the same time, with the public health crisis and Jair Bolsonaro’s impulses.”
Traditionally, the Big Center is prone to joining any administration for the right price. And by taking jabs at Mr. Bolsonaro, the group is sending a message: their support has just got significantly more expensive.