The new government in Brazil, headed by President Jair Bolsonaro, in its first cabinet meeting decided to immediately initiate the process of firing any “communists” working as contractors in government departments contending those holding opposing ideological views cannot properly execute its goals, France24 reported
Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff Onyx Lorenzoni told reporters that purging the ideological opponents is “the only way to govern with our ideas, our concepts and to carry out what Brazil's society decided in its majority,"
“It doesn’t make sense to have officials with antagonistic ideological orientations [working for us],” Lorenzoni added. “It is not reasonable to have socialists, communists, any of that stuff here.”
Pointing out that people’s mandate is to remove Marxists from top positions in the government, Lorenzoni told reporters “Society said ‘enough’ to socialist and communist ideas which, in the past 30 years, brought us to the chaos were are living today,”
Lorenzoni also stressed that purging process will not be a “witch hunt” and, to that end, “first we dismiss, then we discuss,” and those who are found to be compatible workers for Bolsonaro’s government will return to their positions.
The proposed move however will not affect government employees, who enter Brazil's public service through a competitive exam and are assured of service continuity by safeguard clauses in the constitution.
Jair Bolsonaro, the newly elected president of Brazil, has openly declared that he will liberate his country from socialism and vowed “to unite the people, rescue the family, respect religions, Judeo-Christian tradition, combat genre ideology and conserve values.
Regarded as a far-right firebrand, Bolsonaro won a sweeping victory in Brazil’s presidential election by defeating his leftist opponent and Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad, who was backed by the country’s former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. Bolsonaro’s remarkable victory represents a tectonic shift in Brazilian politics that has been historically dominated by left-wing politics.
Bolsonaro has picked an US-trained free-market advocate, Paulo Guedes, to steer the economic agenda of his government. He has promise to reduce the bloated Brazilian government by cutting down as many as 3,100 government jobs and sell 700,000 government-owned properties to private ownership.
Among the first steps by the new Brazilian Government was to abolish several cabinet agencies, including the one on minority rights.
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