Pastor Silas Malafaia in meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro

The public fight between Pastor Silas Malafaia, one of President Jair Bolsonaro’s main allies among evangelical leaders, and the Minister of Civil Affairs, Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI), continues to pay off this holiday. The reason: Malafaia, from the Vitória em Cristo church Assembly of God, accuses the politician of playing against the nomination of André Mendonça, a “terribly evangelical” Presbyterian pastor, to the Supreme Court. Mendonça has been waiting for about three months for his hearing in the Senate to be able to take office in the seat left in July by minister Marco Aurélio Mello, who has retired.

Nesta terça-feira, 12, pelo quinto dia seguido, Malafaia foi ao Twitter criticar o líder do Centrão que ocupa um dos principais postos do governo Bolsonaro. “O minister Ciro Nogueira, who lives in the hidden shadows, spoke about my video, even though he was not direct with the journalists, to say that he supports André Mendonça”, wrote the pastor. “Put your face out”, he added. He commented on a statement given earlier by Nogueira to journalists in Piauí, in which the politician suggested that the pastor is uninformed. “I am an assistant to the President of the Republic and all his determinations will always be fulfilled. I think that this pastor lacks information about our work”, said the minister of the Civil House.

Since last Friday, Malafaia has been urging Ciro Nogueira to take a favorable stance on Mendonça’s nomination to the STF, accusing him of, along with other politicians, such as Minister Flávia Arruda (Government Secretary) and the government leader in the Senate, Fernando Bezerra Coelho (MDB-PE), is articulating another name for the Supreme Court. The appointment of an evangelical in the Supreme Court remains Bolsonaro’s main promise for this segment, which represents an important part of his electorate. The delay for the president of the CCJ (Committee on Constitution and Justice) of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), to schedule the meeting in Mendonça, who needs to have his name approved by the senators, has stirred the nerves of evangelical leaders.

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