Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer has decided to drop his role as day-to-day political coordinator in Congress for President Dilma Rousseff but is not leaving her government, a source in the administration said on Monday.
Temer is an important ally of the embattled Rousseff and his decision will further hamstring the unpopular president, who is facing calls for her resignation or impeachment as the economy flounders.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Temer would no longer handle Rousseff’s political relations with coalition allies, which have been tense due to corruption allegations and disagreement over budget cuts aimed at saving the country’s investment grade credit rating.
Aviation Minister Eliseu Padilha, a political veteran in Temer’s PMDB party, will take over the political coordination role until the end of the month, the same source said.
Earlier on Monday, in an effort to show its commitment to austerity, the government announced plans to eliminate one in four ministries, doing away with several posts often used for political bargaining.