World Bulletin / News Desk
Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra resigned Wednesday citing health concerns, in a new blow to Michel Temer's administration.
Serra, 74, said health problems made him unable to keep up with the rhythm of leading the foreign ministry of Latin America's biggest nation.
He did not disclose what medical problems he is addressing. A government source said it was related to his spine on which he has had surgery in the past.
Temer has low popularity ratings amid a vast corruption scandal. He took over as president in May to replace Dilma Rousseff, who was later impeached.
Temer already had lost seven leading members of his government -- six ministers and a senior adviser.
Brazil's economy shrank 3.5 percent in 2015 and an estimated 3.6 percent last year.
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His comments came as he faces criticism from survivors of the attack over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, and after several thousand rallied in Florida to demand urgent action on gun control.
Temer came to the city to meet Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao, several ministers and General Walter Souza Braga Netto, who will lead the operation and who was in charge of coordinating security when the city hosted the 2016 Olympic Games.