April 16, 2020 / 7:43 PM / 2 months ago

Brazil President Bolsonaro fires Health Minister Mandetta

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta is seen before a news conference, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta on Thursday, Mandetta said on Twitter, after the two had clashed for weeks about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oncologist Nelson Teich will be appointed to replace Mandetta, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Brad Haynes

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