The Senate-imposed interim president of Brazil, Michel Temer, has waged an all out attack on many of the social and political advances made in the country by shuttering important ministries, such as the ministries of women, racial equality and human rights.
The moves takes place on the 128th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse nations. Ministries of Culture, Agrarian Development and Science and Technology have been also eliminated.
Temer assumed the post of interim president by unveiling an all-white-male cabinet on Thursday, following the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff who is now facing a Senate impeachment trial. Rousseff, along with millions of ther across the country, regards the move as a coup waged by the right-wing opposition.
Despite formerly chairing the oil giant Petrobras — from which several former and current officials are linked to the corruption scandal dubbed “car wash” — Rousseff has not yet been formally tied to the scandal and there are no formal charges against the socialist leader.