The 22 Ministers of the Right-wing Government Jair Bolsonaro

The 22 Ministers of the Right-wing Government Jair Bolsonaro

The ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro, who today took office as the new president of Brazil, was sworn in on Tuesday in a joint act to the 22 members of his Cabinet, among which five members of the Armed Forces and only two women stand out.

In addition to five soldiers, as well as the vice president, reserve general Hamilton Mourao, the Cabinet highlights an evangelist pastor, a judge recognized for his fight against corruption and an economist from the Chicago School who will have special powers to command the economy

The 22 members of the Cabinet are the following:

– Presidency

Onyx Lorenzoni. Deputy of the Democratic Party (DEM). He occupied a seat in the lower house since 2003, is recognized as a fervent anticommunist and will be a sort of political articulator of the Government in a position that controls all the springs of power.

– General Secretariat of the Presidency

Gustavo Bebianno Lawyer and president of the Liberal Social Party (PSL), of which Bolsonaro was presidential candidate. He will be one of the men closest to the president.

– Secretary of Government

General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz. He participated in peace missions in Haiti and the Congo. He was also secretary of Public Security in the Ministry of Justice during the Government of Michel Temer.

– Institutional Security Cabinet

General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro. In reserve since 2011, he commanded the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, he was military officer of the Brazilian Amazon.

– External relationships

Ernesto Araújo Career diplomat. Since 2016, he has headed the Department of Inter-American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He says he admires Donald Trump, adversary of globalism and Marxism and has announced that from that position he will fight the "climatic alarmism".

– Justice and Public Safety

Sergio Moro Judge responsible for the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato in the first instance, which gave him an image of "paladin of justice". He condemned Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to prison.

– Defending

General Fernando Azevedo e Silva. He went to the reserve this year. He was chief of the Army General Staff and commander of the Parachute Brigade. A key position in a civic-military government.

– Economy

Paulo Guedes. Economist aligned to the neoliberal ideology of Milton Friedman and trained at the Chicago School. His ministry will encompass functions so far divided between the Planning and Industry and Commerce portfolios. It proposes a plan based on privatizations, decentralization and more fiscal adjustments.

– Central bank

Roberto Campos Neto. Economist. He also studied at the Chicago School and until November of this year he held a position on the board of the Brazilian branch of Banco Santander.

– Farming

Cristina Correa Tereza Deputy of the Democratic Party. He presided over a supra-party group that defends the interests of the large rural landowners in the Lower House.

– Infrastructure

Tarcisio Gomes de Freitas. Civil engineer graduated from the Military Institute of Engineering. Its portfolio will merge the current ministries of Transport, Ports and Airports and Civil Aviation.

– Mines and Energy

Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite of Albunqueque. He was director of Nuclear and Technological Development of the Navy, observer of Brazil in the UN Peace Force in Sarajevo and headed the Secretariat of the Inter-American Defense Board, among other positions.

– Science and Technology

Marcos Pontes. Lieutenant Colonel of the Air Force, official of the Brazilian Space Agency and the only Brazilian who traveled to space. It was in 2006, when he joined a NASA mission to the International Space Station, aboard a Soyuz TMA-8.

– Regional Development

Gustavo Canuto Civil service career officer, specialized in Government Management. The Ministry of Regional Development will assume the responsibilities that until now were divided between the portfolios of Integration and Cities.

– Environment

Ricardo Salles. Lawyer linked to the Endireita Brasil group, a civil organization that promotes ultra-conservative values. He was secretary of Environment in the regional government of Sao Paulo.

– Health

Luiz Mandetta Orthopedist and pediatrician. Deputy of the Democratic Party since 2011. He was a doctor at the Army General Hospital, with the rank of lieutenant.

– Tourism

Marcelo Álvaro Antonio. Deputy of the Liberal Social Party, with no major career in politics, in which he started in 2012, as councilor of the city of Belo Horizonte.

– Education

Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez. The "foreigner" of the Government, was born in Colombia and settled in Brazil in 1979. He is a philosopher and professor emeritus of the Brazilian Army Staff College.

– Citizenship and Social Action

Osmar Terra. Deputy of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB), party led by Temer. Its portfolio will encompass the functions now divided among three disappearing ministries: Social Development, Sports and Culture.

– Women, Family and Human Rights

Damares Alves. Evangelist pastor of a conservative nature. Until now, she was an adviser to an evangelical parliamentary front.

– General Attorney of the State

André Luiz de Almeida Mendonça. Lawyer, technical staff of the public administration. He was a legal consultant to the Comptroller General in the Government of Michel Temer.

– General Comptroller's Office

Wagner Rosario. lawyer with postgraduate studies in combat against corruption and Rule of Law, who also became captain of the Army. It continues in the position that occupies in the Government of Temer.


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