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Cast aside, former Health Minister threatens Bolsonaro administration

Without a cabinet position, Brazil's former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello currently has no legal protection from prosecutors

Former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello. Photo: Tânia Rêgo/ABr
Former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello. Photo: Tânia Rêgo/ABr

Between March 15 and 23, the Brazilian government operated under a bizarre arrangement in which it effectively had two Health Ministers. Outgoing Eduardo Pazuello continued to lurk around government functions as a moribund presence, flanked by the incoming Marcelo Queiroga — who had yet to take office but was speaking as the de facto cabinet minister. Brazilian lawmakers complained, saying that a country with two Health Ministers is a country with none.

The overlap was down to President Jair Bolsonaro’s need to find an “honorable way out” for Mr. Pazuello, after he had diligently followed Mr. Bolsonaro’s disastrous pandemic...

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