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Actress Regina Duarte resigned from her position as secretary of Brazilian culture on Wednesday, becoming the fourth key figure to leave President Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing cabinet in just a month.
Actress Regina Duarte resigned from her position as secretary of Brazilian culture on Wednesday, becoming the fourth key figure to leave right-wing President Jair. Belonging to Bolsonaro cabinet in just a month.
Media reports said Duarte, known as the “Dear Brazil” for a lifetime role in the famous telenovela, had been at odds with Bolsonaro over the president’s call to stamp out alleged left-wing bias among his staff.
But both of them smiled when they announced his departure in a video posted on Twitter.
“Mr. President, are you giving me boots?” he asked jokingly outside the presidential palace.
“I would never do that,” he said.
Duarte said he would go to take over the Brazilian national film archive in Sao Paulo and be closer to his family.
He was the fifth cultural head under Bolsonaro, who reduced the portfolio from the ministry to the secretariat.
His predecessor, theater director Roberto Alvim, was forced to resign in January after him paraphrased a speech by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
Bolsonaro has lost a number of cabinet members in recent weeks.
They include popular justice minister Sergio Moro, who stepped down after accusing Bolsonaro of “political interference” in a federal police investigation, which led to a potential investigation into an explosion of whether the president was blocking justice.
Bolsonaro has also passed two ministers of health in less than a month in the midst of a coronavirus crisis.
President, who is demeaning virus as “a little flu” and warned that measures to stay home would destroy the economy, reportedly clashed with the two former health ministers about how to respond to the pandemic, which has now claimed nearly 18,000 lives in Brazil.
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