Brazilian Cities Minister Bruno Araújo resigned Monday, saying his party, the Social Democrats (PSDB), has effectively stopped supporting the administration of President Michel Temer. The party holds three other Cabinet posts, including that of Foreign Minister. The PSDB has not formally broken with the Temer government. However, prominent PSDB leaders, including former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, have urged the party to announce a formal break. News reports Monday said the Araújo resignation could trigger a de facto abandonment of the administration by the PSDB and possibly by other parties. The turmoil comes at an awkward time for Temer, who is struggling to pass major pension and tax reforms in Congress. Temer, however, has only a little more than a year left in his term. According to press reports, parties currently supporting the president may soon withdraw in order to position themselves for next year’s elections. The Temer administration has posted record low approval levels because of a weak economy and continued corruption allegations.
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