Ricardo Salles

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Ricardo Salles
Ricardo Salles em 8 de agosto de 2019 (2).jpg
Minister of the Environment
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentJair Bolsonaro
Preceded byEdson Duarte (interim)
Secretary of the Environment of São Paulo
In office
18 July 2016 – 28 August 2017
GovernorGeraldo Alckmin
Preceded byPatricia Iglecias
Succeeded byMauricio Brusadin
Personal details
Born
Ricardo de Aquino Salles

(1975-06-08) 8 June 1975 (age 44)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political partyNOVO
Alma materMackenzie Presbyterian University

Ricardo de Aquino Salles (born 8 June 1975) is a Brazilian politician, currently a member of the NOVO. He was named Minister of the Environment by President Jair Bolsonaro.[1]

Salles previously served as a secretary to São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin and the state's secretary of the environment.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ricardo Salles was born in Morumbi, São Paulo to a family of lawyers. He received his law degree from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, did postgraduate studies at the universities of Coimbra and Lisbon, and studied business administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas.[3] For almost seven years, it was believed that Salles held a master's degree from Yale. In 2019, after Yale confirmed that Salles never studied there, he then alleged that the information was incorrectly provided by an aide.[4][5]

In 2006 Salles co-founded the Movimento Endireita Brasil (literally "Straighten Brazil Movement" and a pun for “Become more Right-Wingy Brazil”).[1] The movement opposed the presidencies of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, and supports economic liberalism. Salles was a candidate for state deputy in 2010 as a member of DEM, receiving 25 thousand votes but failing to be elected.[6] He was a candidate for federal deputy in the 2018 elections, but was once again not elected, receiving 36,603 votes (0.17% of all valid votes).[7]

Since 2017, Salles is the subject of a probe by São Paulo state prosecutors for violating environmental laws. He is accused of altering the management plan for a protected area in the Tietê River with the "clear intention of benefiting economic sectors"; Salles has maintained his innocence and said that the evidence of the case "corroborates his position".[8] He is also being investigated for possible administrative misconduct for ordering the removal of a bust of Carlos Lamarca from the Rio Turvo State Park in São Paulo, during his tenure as state environmental secretary.[9]

Despite President-elect Bolsonaro's critical statements on the Paris Agreement, Salles has defended that Brazil should remain in the accord, while adding that the country "must be allowed to retain its autonomy when making environmental decisions".[10]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Edson Duarte
Minister of the Environment
2019–present
Incumbent