Intrigue. The atmosphere between President Bolsonaro and VP Hamilton Mourão appears tense. Mr. Bolsonaro’s sons have attacked the VP on social media, as did the president’s ideological guru, Olavo de Carvalho. Publicly, the president called for unity and less squabbling among his team—but told senators and congressmen that Mr. Mourão is acting as a sort of “parallel president.”
Jobs.Over 43,000 formal jobs disappeared in March—more than half of them in the Northeast. Since January, however, the balance is positive, with net creation of 180,000 jobs. After 4 years of registering more layoffs than hires, Brazil bucked the negative trend in 2018. Still, the country is failing to create well-paying jobs. Only 0.5% of workers hired in 2018 were set to earn more than BRL 10,000 (USD 2,500) per month.
Petrobras.Brazil’s state-controlled oil and gas company Petrobras announced a voluntary layoff program expected to reach 4,300 workers. The move is slated to cost BRL 1.1bn and generate a return of BRL 4.1bn for the 2019–2023 period. On Friday, the company announced its intention of selling 8 of its 13 oil refineries (capable of producing 1.1m barrels per day and potentially worth USD 15bn) and reducing its share in subsidiary BR Distribuidora, from its current equity of 71%.
A federal court ended legal proceedings against Adelio Bispo, the man who stabbed Jair Bolsonaro in September 2018. The president hasn't appealed the sentence, which acquitted Bispo. He is considered mentally incapable and is committed to a psychiatric facility. https://t.co/JyRUbtjjxe
Pres. Bolsonaro announced that the Education Ministry ordered the cancelation of an entry exam reserved for trans and non-binary people to the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony University. The test would have taken place this week. The univ. was offering 120 places to qualifying students https://t.co/u0YpKEzfgf