In today’s intensely polarized Brazil, political consensus is near impossible to come across. Education Minister Abraham Weintraub, however, has managed to attract criticism and calls for his head from all sides of the political spectrum. On Wednesday, a group of 26 representatives and two senators from ten different parties—including the far-left Socialism and Liberty Party to the right-wing Social Democracy Party—filed an impeachment request against the embattled cabinet minister.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the government’s disastrous management of the National University Entrance Exam, or Enem. Lawmakers say that the minister committed an offense against public administration—which is not strictly a crime—by not complying with the goals laid out by the National Education Plan.