Brazil’s controversial Environment Minister resigns

In recent weeks, Ricardo Salles was between a rock and a hard place after a Federal Police officer accused him of having tried to obstruct that agency's work against the international trafficking of wood from the Amazon.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's Minister of Environment, Ricardo Salles, one of Jair Bolsonaro's Cabinet members most questioned for positions apparently contrary to environmental preservation, and who is under investigation for corruption, announced Wednesday, June 23, his resignation from the post.

Salles, whom Bolsonaro repeatedly defended despite criticism from environmental groups and even allied politicians for his controversial positions, resigned when the Supreme Court is investigating charges against him for allegedly favoring a logging group after an operation against illegal logging in the Amazon.

In a brief statement to journalists in which he did not allow questions, Salles . . .

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