The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, dismissed on Monday the nationalized Brazilian Ricardo Velez Rodriguez, head of the Ministry of Education and whose management was involved in multiple controversies and has caused internal disputes within the portfolio.
The decision, which the president had hinted since last Friday, was confirmed by Bolsonaro himself through social networks, where he announced the name of his replacement.
"I inform everyone about the appointment of Professor Abraham Weintraub as Minister of Education," Bolsonaro posted on his Twitter profile, his favorite medium of communication.
In his message, the Brazilian president referred briefly to the Colombian philosopher. "I take this opportunity to thank Professor Vélez for the services rendered," he said.
According to Bolsonaro, the new head of the Education portfolio "is a doctor, university professor and has extensive experience in management and the knowledge necessary for the portfolio."
The management of Vélez Rodríguez at the head of the Education portfolio was being questioned by the internal disputes that had been presented between the different power groups of the ministry, and that led to a series of dismissals and resignations, including those of three deputy ministers.
The 75-year-old Colombian philosopher became part of the Bolsonaro cabinet since the government began on January 1, on the recommendation of ultraconservative guru Olavo de Carvalho, one of the president's mentors.
Vélez Rodríguez, who took up residence in Brazil in 1979, has also been the subject of controversy over his statements.
The most recent was given by a mention made by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, one of the most bloodthirsty characters in his native country, whom he gave as an example of behavior so that young people would not use drugs in school.
"Pablo Escobar had reserved soccer fields for young people and a small library, so the youths did not use cocaine because this product was export-oriented," the minister said during an intervention during a public hearing in the Chamber of Deputies. .
Having said that Brazilians behave like "cannibals" in their trips abroad and announce "progressive changes" in textbooks so that "children can have the true" and "real" idea of the coup of 1964 and of the military dictatorship that was established later until 1985 were other controversies that originated with the minister, a declared anti-communist and enemy of the politically correct.