The last time we spoke of Brazil’s Ministry of Education, internal power struggles and public criticism had pushed Minister Ricardo Vélez-Rodríguez to the brink, with GloboNews reporting that his firing was imminent. On that occasion, President Jair Bolsonaro—unwilling to give the satisfaction of a scoop to his adversaries in the media—denied that he was about to make his second cabinet dismissal in less than 100 days in office. However, even Mr. Bolsonaro admitted that “things weren’t going well” within the Education Ministry.
Almost two weeks later, Jair Bolsonaro decided to pull the trigger after all and relieved Mr. Vélez-Rodriguez of his duties on Monday afternoon. In his place, the government has appointed Abraham Weintraub, a name which has drawn more than a few raised eyebrows among pundits.