Senators reacted with indignation on Sunday (28) and demanded the resignation of Minister Ernesto Araújo (Foreign Affairs), who has made posts involving a Senate liaison with the Chinese lobby through 5G, which is believed to be behind the pressure to drop it.
Araújo has a meeting scheduled with his entire team of secretaries this Monday.
Senator Katia Abreu (PP-TO), president of the Committee for External Relations of the Senate of the Republic and quoted in the Chancellor’s messages, published a note in which she accused Araújo of lying and taking a marginal position.
“Brazil can no longer continue to have the face of an outsider in front of the world. Someone who insists on living on the margins of good diplomacy, on the margins of the truth of the facts, on the margins of balance and on the margins of respect for institutions. Someone who aggressively and unnecessarily attacks the Committee on External Relations and the Federal Senate, “he said.
According to the senator, Ernesto tweeted a three-hour meeting in which she allegedly alerted the minister to the damage that a veto to China on the 5G issue, among several other topics.
“If a chancellor acts in this marginal way with the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Senate of the Republic of his own country, with an explicit bellicose constraint, this definitely proves that he is on the fringes of any possibility of directing diplomacy. Brazilian. ”he said in the note.
In an audio sent to senators earlier, she asked her colleagues for a “serious reaction” to Araujo’s posts, which she said allegedly claimed the Senate was selling itself to the Chinese lobby.
“Along with this tweet, because they are very organized, the message that Arthur Lira is in all Bolonarian networks [PP-AL, presidente da Câmara] and the senators sold to the Chinese company 5G. This is an orchestration to be able to hold the chancellor, ”he said in the audio, obtained by Folha.
“There is a line that cannot be crossed. It is not good for the government and it is not good for the country,” said Senate head of government Fernando Bezerra Coelho (MDB-PE) , in a sent message. to the group of senators and obtained by Folha.
Ernesto has posted messages in his networks which his allies say are aimed at making public what he believes is behind the center offensive to overthrow it.
The minister revealed on Twitter a conversation he had with Kátia Abreu. Behind the scenes, Araújo connects the Chinese lobby for 5G technology to the Congress Dome movement.
“On 4/3, I received Senator Kátia Abreu for lunch at the MRE. Courteous conversation. Little or nothing talked about vaccines. At the end, at the table, she said: ‘Minister, if you do a gesture regarding 5G, you will be the king of the Senate. I made no gesture, “Araújo wrote on Sunday.
Then the minister added: “I ignored the suggestion even because the topic of 5G depends on the Ministry of Communications and the President of the Republic, who is responsible for the final decision in the matter.”
Marked by ideological stakes, the minister’s management is severely criticized by businessmen and politicians from the left, the center and the right.
Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), president of the Senate, said last week, in public and in closed-door meetings with President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party), that he viewed Brazil’s foreign policy as “flawed” .
Mayor Arthur Lira (PP-AL) has resigned as chancellor in Bolsonaro for the same reasons.
After Sunday’s tweets, senators also took to social media to demand the minister’s departure. Ciro Nogueira (PI), national president of the PP, declared that he regrets the attitude of the chancellor and that Brazil and the Brazilian people do not deserve it.