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Brazil Leader Rethinks Ministry Merger as Gisele Pleads for Amazon

Nov. 1, 2018, 9:57 PM

Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said he may abandon his plan to merge the ministries of agriculture and environment after criticism from activists, agriculture leaders and even supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

“I’m ready to backtrack if need be,” Bolsonaro told reporters in Rio de Janeiro. “We want to preserve the environment, but not in the radical way that’s been done recently.”

Bolsonaro had considered uniting the two ministries as part of a plan to reduce the size of the state. The proposal drew criticism from environmentalists worried it would lead to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi warned that ...