Bolsonaro’s ambitious plans for his Agriculture Minister

President Jair Bolsonaro intends to foster Tereza Cristina's candidacy for House Speaker, before making her his vice presidential nominee

Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina
Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

“Cattle are the firefighters of the Pantanal!” declared Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina at the beginning of October, during a Senate hearing to which she was summoned to discuss the wave of fires that ravaged Brazil’s vast tropical wetlands since August. Perhaps encapsulating the government’s ineptitude in dealing with the destruction of Brazil’s natural vegetation, Ms. Cristina’s words made the front pages of major national newspapers.

But despite this undesirable moment in the spotlight, Tereza Cristina has been one of the most praised members of the Jair Bolsonaro government, due to her perceived ability to balance the varying demands of...

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