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Embattled Foreign Minister another casualty in Bolsonaro cabinet

His exit represents a blow for President Bolsonaro's radical backers

Ernesto Araújo was the most radical Brazilian Foreign Minister ever
Ernesto Araújo is out of the cabinet. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Ernesto Araújo, the most radical Foreign Minister in Brazil’s history, is out of work. He resigned on Monday afternoon in what has the potential to be a paradigm shift in Jair Bolsonaro’s government. 

Since taking office along with the president, Mr. Araújo has been one of Mr. Bolsonaro’s most loyal cabinet ministers. His two years and change as Foreign Minister represented a complete digression to Brazil’s diplomatic history, as Mr. Araújo turned his back on long-held principles such as defending human rights, pushing for a more central and independent role for Brazil on the global stage, and not interfering...

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