Brazil’s pres­i­dent to be­gin cab­i­net reshuf­fle

PSDB plans to stand its own can­di­date for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Oc­to­ber

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BRASÍLIA: Brazil’s Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer will start a cab­i­net reshu­fle that should be com­pleted in midDe­cem­ber, his press ofice said on Mon­day with­out pro­vid­ing a rea­son for the change.

The an­nounce­ment came af­ter the res­ig­na­tion on Mon­day of Bruno Araujo, head of the Min­istry of the Cities, one of four min­istries held by the cen­trist PSDB party in Te­mer’s gov­ern­ment.

PSDB plans to stand its own can­di­date for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion next Oc­to­ber and many of its mem­bers want to dis­tance them­selves from the un­pop­u­lar gov­ern­ment.

Araujo said in a res­ig­na­tion let­ter that while he re­spected the au­ton­omy Te­mer had given him as head of the Min­istry of Cities, his Brazil­ian So­cial Democ­racy Party (PSDB) no longer sup­ported him re­main­ing in the po­si­tion.

An in­tense in­ter­nal de­bate within the PSDB is play­ing out, with younger law­mak­ers urg­ing it to aban­don the scan­dal-plagued Te­mer gov­ern­ment and elders coun­ter­ing that sup­port should be main­tained to pro­vide the sta­bil­ity for the na­tion.

In late Oc­to­ber, how­ever, gov­ern­ment sources told Reuters that Te­mer planned to shuf­fle his cab­i­net and to push out PSDB mem­bers af­ter a ma­jor­ity of its law­mak­ers in the lower house of Congress voted to put him on trial on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion. Te­mer man­aged to avoid a trial.

Mem­bers of the PSDB have said that while they sup­port the eco­nomic re­forms of the Te­mer gov­ern­ment, they now con­sider him to be too frag­ile a leader to at­tempt an over­haul of the coun­try’s pen­sion sys­tem, a move that is viewed as key to plug­ging the gov­ern­ment’s bud­get deficit.

The PSDB also plans to stand its own can­di­date for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion next Oc­to­ber, and many of its mem­bers want to dis­tance them­selves from the deeply un­pop­u­lar Te­mer gov­ern­ment to bet­ter their chances at the polls.

The pres­i­dent of the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly, Jorge Pic­ciani, of the rul­ing PMDB, dis­cussing his March 29 in­ter­ro­ga­tion. File/ Agence France-presse

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