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Sun Apr 26, 2020, 08:35 PM

Close Bolsonaro aide to become Brazil Justice Minister: source

APRIL 26, 2020 / 12:38 PM / UPDATED 7 HOURS AGO
Close Bolsonaro aide to become Brazil Justice Minister: source
Lisandra Paraguassu

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to name his presidential secretary to replace former Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who accused Bolsonaro of wrongdoing in his resignation on Friday, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The current head of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin), meanwhile, will be chosen as the new federal police chief, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The appointments will place both jobs in the hands of two former police officers with close personal connections to Bolsonaro and his sons.

Moro, a former judge who is popular for jailing corrupt politicians and businessmen, said he was quitting the government because Bolsonaro had fired the chief of the federal police for personal and political reasons.

Bolsonaro called the accusations “baseless,” while saying it was his right to pick the police chief. Bolsonaro denied interfering in police investigations involving members of his family or asking for federal police intelligence files.


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