Former Chancellor Ernesto Araújo will be granted a license for a period of 90 days, according to Itamaraty’s internal bulletin. During his leave, which begins on June 2, Ernesto will receive a salary.
Representative of the ideological wing of the government, he was replaced at the head of the Foreign Ministry by the diplomat, also Carlos França, on March 29. The former chancellor lost his post after clashing at the top of Congress, but he also faced resistance from the business community, the military sectors and among agribusiness leaders.
The wear and tear on the Legislative Assembly was so great that Senator Kátia Abreu (PP-TO), chair of the Committee on External Relations, said she would never submit Ernesto’s nomination to an embassy to vote. Thus, the diplomat’s situation has become a problem for France. The former minister took up a post in the Itamaraty administrative area and started posting on social media, some of them with disagreements over the work of the new chancellor.
With the veto of the Senate, one of the possibilities raised by the interlocutors is the appointment of Ernesto to a post abroad that does not require the approval of the Parliament – such as the head of a consulate or the representation of Brazil. with the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
Last week, the former minister was heard at the IPC of Covid. During the hearing, he confirmed that he had mobilized the structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purchase of hydroxychloroquine and said that the process relied on Bolsonaro.
Ernesto also concealed his friction with China, a country that supplies raw materials for the production of vaccines, and the attacks he himself inflicted on the Asian country.
The former chancellor, however, kept the President of the Republic in his testimony.
Wanted, Itamaraty said Ernesto “is entitled to 90 days of increased leave for assistance, acquired under Law No. 8,112/90, referring to the five-year period from 1990 to 1995”. “Servers with a premium presence license only receive compensation for the actual position, under the terms of the law.”