BOSTON — The first signs of trouble began when the Brazilian president, Jose Kishore, asked a top aide to ask the president’s chief of staff to help him with the departure of his chief of security.
Jose Kisorn, the former president’s top security adviser, was dispatched from the United States last week.
But the chief of the interior, the country’s former ambassador to Brazil, Jose Jose Esparza, also was dispatched.
José Esparzas is a longtime confidante of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the president who is on the verge of becoming the countrys first woman president.
He served as the head of the country s security agency for four years until he resigned in December.
Kisorn had been on a four-day trip to Brazil.
The president said he had not yet received any instructions from the head.
“We are working with the head, but we need to be clear that he is the president and he can make the decisions,” said President Jules Rimas, who is not expected to leave office until at least 2018.
President Jairbolsonaro and his administration have been dogged by allegations of corruption and cronyism since taking office in 2019.
In December, the head and two of his top aides were arrested for alleged money laundering.
The president, who has been accused of ordering the arrests, has said the men were simply trying to help the president avoid being implicated in an investigation into alleged money-laundering.