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Brazilian Defense Minister Fired in Ongoing Scandal

LADB Article ID: 54013
Category/Department: Brazil
Date: 2000-01-28
By: LADB Staff

On Jan. 18, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for the resignation of Defense Minister Elcio Alvares. Alvares said he was stepping down at Cardoso's request, which followed a persistent scandal linking a close Alvares aide to drug trafficking as well as friction between the minister and the armed forces, especially the Air Force.

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