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Rousseff to name 22 new Ministers on Monday
December 29, 2014, 7:30 am

In naming her 39 ministers, Rousseff has to carefully balance the demands of the nine parties that make up her ruling coalition [Image: gov.br]

In naming her 39 ministers, Rousseff has to carefully balance the demands of the nine parties that make up her ruling coalition [Image: gov.br]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she will, on Monday, name the remaining 22 new ministers who will serve during her second term.

“Tomorrow I will finish announcing my new Ministers,” tweeted the President on Sunday.

Last week, Rousseff named Jaques Wagner as her new minister of defense – he’s currently the governor of Bahia state and a longtime member of the president’s Workers’ Party.

In naming her 39 ministers, Rousseff has to carefully balance the demands of the nine parties that make up her ruling coalition.

Rousseff said last Tuesday that her new Mines and Energy minister will be Eduardo Braga from her ruling coalition’s most influential partner, the Democratic Movement Party.

Braga takes over a ministry dealing with an alleged kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras on contracts worth about $3.70 billion.

Rousseff had earlier appointed Joaquim Levy, a banker with no political affiliation, to the finance ministry in November. He will formally take the post in January.

Once a left-wing freedom fighter, Brazil’s first female President Dilma Rousseff has in October this year won a second term in office.

A recession that began in the first half of 2014 has impacted Rousseff’s popularity as the leader of Brazil’s $2.2 trillion economy, the world’s seventh largest.

 

TBP and Agencies

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