İrem UZUN -TDO- Brazil Justice Minister Sergio Moro announced that he resigned on Friday. He accused President Jair Bolsonaro of political meddling in law enforcement and creating a political crisis in the middle of an economic downturn and the coronavirus crisis.
Before the resignation, Moro, a former judge, had threatened to quit in a televised speech on Thursday after the president fired federal police Chief Mauricio Valeixo, one of Moro’s allies. “There was no reason to sack Mr. Valeixo,” Moro said, calling the move as a political interference. After the TV programme, protesters took to the streets across Brazil, shouting “Bolsonaro out!”
Economic downturn and coronavirus pandemic triggered political instability in the country. On Friday, Brazil‘s currency fell as much as 3 per cent to a record low of 5.50 per dollar. On the other hand, record daily total of 407 people died from the virus in Brazil within 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, with 3,735 new confirmed cases .In total, 3,313 people have died from the virus and nearly 50,000 cases have confirmed in Brazil. Bolsonaro has faced widespread criticism for his handling of the crisis.