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Environment Minister Slashes Own Budget And has Military Occupy Key Posts

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, had the annual budget for the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) cut by 24 percent.  The institution is directly linked to his portfolio.

Salles was named Minister of the Environment by President Jair Bolsonaro.

Since 2017, he is the subject of a probe by São Paulo state prosecutors for violating environmental laws.

The Minister is accused of altering the management plan for a protected area in the Tietê River with the "clear intention of benefiting economic sectors".

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