By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Citing health reasons, Brazil’s Foreign Minister José Serra handed in his resignation to President Michel Temer on Wednesday afternoon. As one of the founding fathers of the PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) Serra has been one of the leading political figures in Brazil since the country’s return to democracy.

“I have asked to be exonerated from the position of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs,” began Serra’s resignation letter.

“I do so with sadness but due to health problems which are known to you, which prevent me . . .

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