Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro over the weekend completed his 22-member Cabinet by naming a new Minister of Environmental Affairs. Bolsonaro picked Ricardo Salles, former São Paulo Environmental Secretary and close ally of ex-Governor Geraldo Alckmin, to the sensitive post.
Bolsonaro’s Cabinet will be smaller than the 29-member ministry under outgoing President Michel Temer. However, it is larger than the 15-member Cabinet initially promised by Bolsonaro in what was to have been a sweeping bureaucratic re-organization. Nevertheless, several traditional ministries have been dropped, with some of their bureaus redistributed and others abolished. Among ministries eliminated by Bolsonaro are those for labor, industry, urban affairs and culture. The new Cabinet is heavy on economists and military officers and short on political party representatives. There are only two women among the 22 members of the Cabinet, while there are five career military officers. The leading figure in the Cabinet, Finance Minister Paulo Guedes, is an academic economist. Later Monday, Bolsonaro and Vice President-elect Hamilton Maurão will receive official electoral certification from the Supreme Electoral Court.
Link to IBGE release