The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, appointed Senator Ciro Nogueira as the new minister of the Presidency of the Government, within a small ministerial reform already announced by the president in an attempt to strengthen himself politically.
“I have just accepted the honorable invitation of President Jair Bolsonaro to assume the Civil House”, ad the senator on Twitter.
Nogueira is president of the right-wing Progresistas Party (PP) and a member of the “centrao” (large center), an influential group of conservative parties in Congress, known for negotiating their support for the government of the day in exchange for positions, and whose support is essential for Bolsonaro at a time when his popularity is in free fall.
With the election of Nogueira, 52, to this position, one of the most important within the Government, the president tries to strengthen ties with this group and improve your relations with the Senate, where an investigative commission is currently analyzing the management of the pandemic by the ultra-rightist Executive.
Nogueira replaces Luiz Eduardo Ramos, who is scheduled to assume the General Secretary of the Presidency, led until now by Onyx Lorenzoni. At the same time, Lorenzoni will go on to head the Ministry of Labor, which will be re-created after at the beginning of Bolsonaro’s mandate he joined the Ministry of Economy.
Bolsonaro has already carried out several ministerial reforms, the last one in April, when he changed seven ministers.
Currently, the president is in the crosshairs of this commission due to irregularities in a purchase contract for the Indian vaccine Covaxin, which was never carried out. The Police are investigating whether he committed prevarication by not reporting the case of which he was supposedly aware.
This controversy caused several political parties and different entities to present a super request of ‘impeachment’ against the president, whose popularity has been mainly diminished for his management of the pandemic, which has already left more than 550,000 deaths in this country.
This dissatisfaction has also been transferred to the streets where last weekend, tens of thousands of people demanded his dismissal, in the fourth national day of anti-government mobilizations convened by political parties, trade union organizations and social movements since the end of May.