Brazil: Regina Duarte, Minister of Culture of the Jair Bolsonaro government resigned

Regina Duarte (REUTERS / Adriano Machado)
Regina Duarte (REUTERS / Adriano Machado)

The Secretary of Culture of Brazil, Regina Duarte, the actress who staged for less than three months a low-audience novel in the Government of Jair Bolsonaro, resigned from office for personal reasonsconfirmed the president himself.

The famous Brazilian actress left a long career in the world of theater and television to work hand in hand with the president As Secretary of Culture, a position she went through with more pain than glory, and in which she failed to provide the requested support to the cultural sector, strongly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Bolsonaro's message, the renowned actress, remembered as "the widow of Roque Santeira", he left office because he missed his family and he will shortly become director of the San Pablo District Cinematheque.

"Regina Duarte reported that she misses her family, but in order for her to continue contributing to the Brazilian government and culture, she will take over, in a few days, the Cinematheque in São Paulo"Said the president.

The actress is the fourth high-ranking official of the Bolsonaro government who leaves office in less than a month, which has led the country to a political crisis amid the urgency it faces due to the pandemic.

Brazilian actress Regina Duarte with Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian actress Regina Duarte with Jair Bolsonaro

On April 17, the President dismissed the then Minister of Health, Luis Henrique Mandetta, due to differences compared to the management carried out against COVID-19 and a week later to Sergio Moro, who was serving as head of the Justice portfolio, resigned from his post due to Bolsonaro's alleged "political interference".

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In replacement of Mandetta, the oncologist assumed Nelson Teich who also faced differences with the head of state and left office on Friday.

Duarte, who for many years was treated as the "girlfriend of Brazil" for being the protagonist of several of the most popular soap operas in the country, he replaced Roberto Alvim in the Ministry of Culture, who was abruptly dismissed on January 20 after emulating Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels in an institutional video.

Bolsonaro then offered the position to Duarte, who has more than 50 years of career and publicly supported the extreme right-wing during the 2018 electoral campaign.

The actress gained fame in several countries as the protagonist of "Malu Mulher" (1979), one of the most successful series in Brazil and in which she played a divorced journalist who at the time dealt with issues never dealt with on television, such as sex, abortion or drugs.

The actress, who also participated in the soap opera "Roque Santeiro" (1985), was unanimously acclaimed until she began to publicly assume her political positions, especially in 2002, when she was the protagonist of a campaign against the then candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

In 2018 he declared his support for Bolsonaro and, in the midst of the campaign, visited him at his residence in Rio de Janeiro when the president recovered from the attack he suffered shortly before the elections.

(With information from EFE)

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