Coronavirus

Prosecutor asks for the removal of Bolsonaro and his cabinet

A prosecutor at the Federal Accounts Court says the government's botched coronavirus response is detrimental to the federal budget

Prosecutor asks for the removal of Bolsonaro and his cabinet
From left to right: Chief of Staff Walter Braga Netto, President Bolsonaro, and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

A prosecutor at Brazil’s Federal Accounts Court has requested the suspension of President Jair Bolsonaro and part of his cabinet for being “responsible for the current chaos the country is experiencing.” Besides Mr. Bolsonaro, Deputy Prosecutor-General Lucas Furtado wants Chief of Staff Walter Braga Netto, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello (who remains in office), and their deputies to be relieved from their duties. He considers them “responsible for the government’s inertia and omission in implementing public policies to fight the pandemic.”

Mr. Furtado requests that Vice President Hamilton Mourão take office as acting head of state.

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