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Jair Bolsonaro tries to shield himself from arrest of ex-minister

In March, President Bolsonaro said he would "put his head [not just his neck] on the line" for his disgraced minister. After an arrest, his stance seems to have changed

brics Former Education Minister Milton Ribeiro and President Bolsonaro. The latter is worried about how the former's arrest may benefit this opposition. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
Former Education Minister Milton Ribeiro and President Bolsonaro. The latter is worried about how the former’s arrest may benefit this opposition. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

The Federal Police on Wednesday arrested Brazil’s former Education Minister Milton Ribeiro. He is suspected of corruption, malfeasance, and influence peddling. Throughout the day, police officers carried out search and seizure operations at his home and at the Education Ministry itself.

Relieved of his duties at the end of March amid suspicions over his role in a corruption scheme that involved handing control of educational development funds to two Evangelical preachers, Mr. Ribeiro — himself a Presbyterian pastor — is a close ally of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. 

Indeed, after Mr. Ribeiro was pushed out of the Education Ministry, Mr....

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