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Yahoo NewsAug 15, 2020
Bolsonaro 'led Brazilian people into a canyon', says ex-health minister
Luiz Henrique Mandetta accuses president of playing a ‘pivotal' role in steering economy towards catastropheHistorians will savage Jair Bolsonaro for leading Brazilians into a deadly "canyon" with his shambling, self-interested and anti-scientific response to Covid-19, according to his former health minister.In an interview with the Guardian, Luiz Henrique Mandetta accused the Brazilian president of playing a "pivotal" role in steering Latin America's largest economy towards a catastrophe. Bolsonaro played politics with citizens' lives at a time of global crisis, he said, as Brazil's death toll rose to more than 105,000. Only the US has suffered more deaths.Mandetta, who has hinted he will challenge Bolsonaro for the presidency in 2022, became a household name in the early stages of this year's pandemic. He drew praise from left and right for his accessible, science-based alerts over the threat of coronavirus during daily press conferences.A 55-year-old orthopedic doctor, Mandetta was elected to congress in 2010 and has faced criticism for opposing the Mais Médicos (More Doctors) health scheme that sent Cuban doctors to remote and deprived parts of Brazil. He was named health minister in November 2018, shortly after Bolsonaro's shock election.But he was sacked in mid-April after publicly challenging Bolsonaro's sabotaging of social distancing. Speaking from his base in the midwestern city of Campo Grande, he said the two had not spoken since.On the day Mandetta was fired Brazil's Covid-19
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