The spring clean up continues in the Brazilian government.
Wagner Rossi, agriculture minister, resigned last Wednesday, after the ministers of Brazil’s Defence, Transportation and chief of staff departed earlier this year amid allegations of corruption.
This poses a dilemma for the president. On the one hand, the wave of dismissals casts her as an ‘Iron Lady’, cleverly using her strong standing in the polls to clean up inefficiency and corruption in her team. On the other hand, it sows seeds of conflicts among members of her governing coalition, a fractious collection of regional leaders on which some fear she is loosing control. Also, departing officials have been replaced by junior bureaucrats with less experience and legitimacy.
Sure enough, a government can’t be credible about economic reforms if its members stand vulnerable to accusations of embezzlement and corruption. Yet if she wants to avoid a dirty war within her own ranks, the president must come clean out of this mess - sooner rather than later.
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