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The Names of Bolsonaro’s Cabinet: Former Judge Sergio Moro and 21 Other Ministers


After his inauguration speech, the president of Brazil formalized the 22 officials who will accompany him in his administration.

The new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, took office as president and, after his first speech, made official the 22 ministers that already make up his Cabinet. Sergio Moro, the former judge who was the protagonist of the biggest investigation against corruption in Brazil with the Car Wash case and who a year and a half ago sentenced former President Lula da Silva to prison, took over the Ministry of Justice of the new Government.

Among the members of the Cabinet, men predominate, there are only two women , and the large number of soldiers with five members of the Armed Forces stands out, in addition to the vice president and reserve general Hamilton Mourao.

Bolsonaro builds a new cabinet prevalently conservative and with God above all

For his part, Sergio Moro agreed to the president’s call for his desire to implement an anti-corruption, organized crime and anti-corruption agenda. the violence.

The magistrate, who became the face and symbol of the anti-corruption struggle in Brazil, rose to national fame by imprisoning various businessmen and influential politicians, including Lula da Silva.

The federal judge stopped corruption at state oil company Petrobras, a task that earned the admiration of some and the criticism of others. Some of his most severe detractors, many supporters of the imprisoned ex-president, insist that Lula suffered a persecution by Moro and that, by accepting the ministerial portfolio, the judge evidenced his loss of impartiality.

From the beginning of Car Wash, Moro had Lula in his sights and, as the dimension of the corrupt plot was known, he did not hesitate to order his arrest to lead him to declare or divulge compromised private telephone conversations of the then President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil’s star judge was born in Maringa, in the southern state of Paraná, into a middle-class family, studied law in his hometown and specialized in combating money laundering in a Harvard program.

Moro received harsh criticism when agreeing to enter the Bolsonaro government, one of Lula’s main political detractors, and, when questioned about the history of sexist, homophobic and misogynist statements of the far right, he affirmed that he would never enter a government that adopted discrimination policies Exposing and punishing public corruption is an honor for a nation, not a disgrace, he summarized.

The other 21 ministers of the Government of Bolsonaro

– 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 Secretary 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 the General Government
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.

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

– Foreign Relations
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”.

– General Defense
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.

– Agriculture
Tereza Cristina Correa
 . 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
Almirante 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 Advocacy 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
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.