Newly-elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is calling on the firing of non-elected government officials known to have communist views.
According to Brazilian media outlet, Noticias, the call came at the first official meeting of the President’s cabinet.
Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni announced the move, saying that “society said enough to socialist and communist ideas that in the last 30 years have led us to the current chaos.”
“It does not make sense to have a government like the one we have now, with people who defend other ideas or another form of society’s organization,” Lorenzoni also stated.
According to Lorenzoni, over 300 officials on temporary contracts who are believed to have communist views are being dismissed from their duties, and they will continue to identify other officials known to have those views.
Bolsonaro is known for being a right-wing populist, much in the same mold as President Trump. He has been dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics” by some.
His distinction as a Trump-like politician comes from his anti-establishment positions, and bold proclamations, like his pledge to follow Trump’s lead in moving Brazil’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump has praised Bolsonaro on Twitter, a move the Brazilian President has reciprocated.
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) January 1, 2019
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