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Brazil’s star justice minister Sérgio Moro resigns in blow to Jair Bolsonaro

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Powerful former judge’s exit weakens president, with pot-banging protests breaking out within seconds of his announcement

One of the most popular and powerful figures in Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right administration – the celebrity justice minister Sérgio Moro – has resigned, setting up a potentially momentous political conflict just as Brazil struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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