President Jair Bolsonaro is holding Minister of the Economy Paulo Guedes accountable for the 2 percent growth that he expects in Brazilâs economy this year.
Jair Bolsonaro promoted Guedes as a super minister when he entered office, and now the minister is under pressure to show results in the economy. President
In a meeting this week with Guedes, the President reinforced the need for the economy to grow at least 2 percent in 2020.
Bolsonaro fears that business people and investors will lose optimism as the 2022 election approaches.
In response, the minister stated that it was possible to reach or even exceed the percentage. However, the response did not reassure the President, who, in private conversations, has shown concern about weak growth and indicators such as the dollar, which broke a new record yesterday.
According to palace ministers, Bolsonaro recognizes that Guedes helps in the credibility of his government and that his departure could be traumatic. But on Tuesday (18), he stated that he âhas some specific problemsâ, about his controversial phrases about servants and domestic workers.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon