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  • Gustavo Bebianno, President of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) arrives at Albert Einstein hospital where presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 29, 2018.

    Gustavo Bebianno, President of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) arrives at Albert Einstein hospital where presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 29, 2018. | Photo: REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Published 19 February 2019

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro Monday fired his most senior aide, after Gustavo Bebianno after allegations of money laundering, came to light.
 

Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro Monday ousted arguably his most senior aide, Gustavo Bebianno, after the Secretary General was accused of campaign financing for some of his party's congressional candidates, according to La Jornada.

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In a statement at the Planalto Palace, presidential spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said, "The President of the Republic thanks his [Bebianno's] dedication to the front of the portfolio and wishes him success." 

Bebianno is said to have been axed after Bolsonaro's son, Carlos called the departed former Secretary General a "liar." 

This comes in-spite of Jair Bolsonaro publicly endorsing Bebianno in a television interview, as well as exchanging dialogue this past week while recoving from abdominal surgery in a Sao Paolo hospital. 

Bebianno is alleged to have used "front men" candidates to carry-out front campaigns with money received from public funds, according to La Jornada.

Brazilian markets fell drastically on Monday as investors feared that the brewing scandal could hurt Bolsonaro's ability to pass a pension overhaul seen as key to fiscal and economic recovery, according to Reuters.

Bebianno, a mainstay of Bolsonaro's right-wing Social Liberal Party, denies any wrongdoing.
 

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