The head of Brazil's largest state-owned bank, Caixa Economica Federal, Pedro Guimarães resigned on Wednesday amid allegations of harassment of subordinates. The corresponding presidential decree was published in the government's official gazette - Diario Oficial da Uniao.
The metropolitan publication Metropoles reported that several employees of the office of the head of the bank accused their boss of inappropriate behavior. According to them, in dealing with them, he did not respect personal space, touched the intimate parts of the body, invited them to his hotel room during business trips, allowed hints of an ambiguous nature.
In his resignation letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, the 51-year-old Guimarães vehemently denied the allegations, saying he nevertheless did not want to damage the institution and the government by being the object of political hatred in an election year.
Guimarães, who headed the Caixa Economica Federal immediately after Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, was one of the closest associates of the head of state, regularly appeared on his weekly live broadcasts on social networks, and accompanied him on trips around the country.