Threatened with losing his position, Minister Ernesto Araújo launched this Thursday (25) a campaign to remain the Foreign Minister. Advisers to President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) already consider the chancellor's resignation inevitable.
According to interlocutors, Bolsonaro understood that it will be difficult to keep Ernesto on the Esplanade—although he only wants to make the switch after having found a replacement. Assistants began to discuss names for the exchange.
According to auxiliaries, Ernesto's situation was untenable after the formation of a broad coalition to raid him from the government, led by the National Congress and composed of military, agribusiness leaders, parliamentarians from the center and big businessmen.
The participation of the chancellor in a session of the Senate on Wednesday (24), in which several parliamentarians publicly asked for his resignation, was understood by Planalto as the message that there is no more dialogue between the legislature and the minister.
Also on Wednesday, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), called for Ernesto to change the direction of Brazilian diplomacy.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon