Guedes Announces the Departure of Two Special Secretaries of the Economy

Salim Mattar (Privatization) and Paulo Uebel (Debureaucratization) leave the Bolsonaro government


Minister Paulo Guedes (Economy) said on Tuesday (11) that his two members of his economic team are leaving. Two special secretaries resigned.

According to Guedes, Salim Mattar (Privatization) and Paulo Uebel (Debureaucratization) decided to leave the government of Jair Bolsonaro (without a party).

Salim was responsible for privatization and Uebel for administrative reform. Guedes acknowledged that the secretaries were dissatisfied with the pace of execution of their projects.

Brazil's Economy Minister Paulo Guedes speaks during a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

"Was there a decampment today? Today was a decampment," said Guedes. "Salim said: 'Privatization is not going, I prefer to leave.' Uebel said: 'Administrative reform is not being done, I prefer to leave.' That is the fact, that is the truth."

Referring to the decision-making power of the Congressional summit and President Jair Bolsonaro, the minister then declared: "Gentlemen, it is politics that gives the timing of reforms. It is politics that has a vote." you want to send some reform is sent, if you don't want it, you are not sent," he added.

A proposal for administrative reform was drafted by Uebel last year, but it was not even presented to Congress in the face of Bolsonaro's resistance. Concerning privatizations, the economic team cites political and also bureaucratic obstacles to unlock this area.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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