A few hours after leaving the command of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the now ex-chancellor Ernesto Araújo published Monday evening (29) his letter of resignation, delivered to President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party).
In the text, he complains “of a false and hypocritical account, in the service of national and foreign interests, according to which my actions would compromise the obtaining of vaccines”, which, according to Ernesto, spoke out against him.
Ernesto resigned after pressure from the congressional summit, which accused him of not having tackled the pandemic. The Senate has become the main point of friction with Ernesto. The most recent episode, seen as the trigger for the exit, was a post on the ex-minister’s social media, in which he implicates a link between the House and the Chinese lobby via 5G, which he says , would be behind the pressure to overthrow him.
The former chancellor begins the letter by declaring that he fought “for the freedom and dignity of Brazil and the Brazilian people, for our sovereignty and our greatness”. He also says he tried to “put Itamaraty at the service of the dream of a new Brazil”, at the head of colleagues “for whom” diplomat “and” patriot “are not antonyms”.
Ernesto also writes that there are currents that want to regain power – “this power which, for decades when they wielded it, only brought delay, corruption and shame to Brazil” – for which “the truth has no importance”.
“The truth sets free and lies enslave,” said the ex-minister, later saying that the lie is “used for a materialist project which aims to enslave Brazil and the Brazilians”.
The former chancellor concludes that he is making the post available “for the benefit of the national transformation project that you [Bolsonaro] Tops “.
Ernesto will be replaced by Ambassador Carlos Alberto Franco França, who won Bolsonaro’s trust during the time he led the ceremony at the Planalto Palace.