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The lame duck Economy Minister

Happy Friday! Today, President Bolsonaro undermines his Economy Minister, again. The Health Ministry gives more info on its December cyberattack. Drug trade booms during the pandemic as seizures increase.

Bolsonaro puts Guedes in the corner

President Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes meet at the presidential palace. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR
President Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes meet at the presidential palace. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree essentially giving Chief of Staff Ciro Nogueira the final say on how the federal budget is carried out — overruling Economy Minister Paulo Guedes.

  • Mr. Nogueira is a prominent figure within the so-called “Big Center,” a federation of mildly-conservative parties with a sizable congressional presence and the disposition to lend its support to any government, for the right price.

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