Brazil’s Bolsonaro Announcement of Super Ministry, Mergers Cause Criticism

The 'super' economy ministry would merge finance, industry and planning while the agriculture ministry would be joined with the environment ministry, which critics say would be disastrous for country's forests and fauna.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Less than a week after winning Brazil’s Presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, is already receiving stiff criticism for his decision to merge the Agriculture and Environment ministries and create a ‘super ministry’ merging the ministries of Finance, Planning and Industry into the Economy Ministry.

According to Bolsonaro allies the goal is to reduce the current 29 ministries to ‘15 or 16’. The reaction to the news was swift, as the president of Brazil’s National Confederation of Industries, Robson de Andrade said on Wednesday that he regretted the end of a . . .

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