Former Brazilian minister confirmed as World Bank director
Brasilia, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian Minister of Education Abraham Weintraub was confirmed as executive director of the World Bank's board, according to a press release that appeared on Friday on the institution's website.
'The World Bank confirms that Mr. Abraham Weintraub was chosen by the group of countries (known as the constituency) representing Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, the Philippines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago to be executive director of the board of the bank,' indicates the text.
The multilateral finance entity did not report how many votes the controversial ex-minister (who was appointed to that post by the Government of Jair Bolsonaro) received hours after having resigned from his position on June 19th after a turbulent management and a sudden departure to the United States.
Weintraub is the target of two investigations in Brazil, one for racism against Chinese officials and the other related to threats he issued against the ministers of the Federal Supreme Court.
News media reported on the occasion that the former official left the country irregularly, using a diplomatic passport when he was no longer Minister of Education.
The World Bank officials association sent an open letter in June to the institution's Ethics Committee requesting the suspension of Weintraub's appointment.
Among the reasons cited by the group are cases of racism and public statements against minority rights.
For the group, his manifestations go against the 'moral and clear position to eliminate racism' taken by the bank.
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