Andres Schipani in Brasília 3 HOURS AGO
Brazil’s rightwing President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday fired Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, a retired army general and government minister viewed as voice of moderation in a government seeking to exploit identity politics and culture wars.
He will be replaced by another general, Luiz Eduardo Ramos. Observers say the move shows the government’s ideologues, including the president’s politically-engaged sons, are gaining the upper hand on key decisions in a week in which the administration has been rattled by yet another scandal.
Almost since the start of the government in January, Gen Santos Cruz, had been under fire from the Mr Bolsonaro’s core of ideologues. They are dominated by his intellectual guru, Olavo de Carvalho, a US-based writer close to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who regularly slammed Gen Santos Cruz for obstructing Mr Bolsonaro’s culture war crusade and who dislikes Communist-led China.
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