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Brazilian President Reshuffles Cabinet
Source: globaltimes.cn
Source Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: Brazil
Created: Feb 11, 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Thursday announced changes to her cabinet in the lead-up to October general elections, as several ministers are leaving to run as candidates for public office.

According to a statement from the Brazilian presidency, cabinet Chief of Staff Gleisi Hoffman is to run for governor of her home state, Parana, from the Worker's Party (PT), will be replaced by current Education Minister Aloizio Mercadante, who will in turn be replaced by his executive secretary Jose Henrique Paim.

Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, who will run for governor of Sao Paulo state, will be replaced by Arthur Chioro, current Health Secretary for the town of Sao Bernardo do Campo, in Sao Paulo state.

The new ministers will be sworn in Monday morning at the presidential palace of Planalto.

Meanwhile, eight other cabinet members are expected to announce their departures over the coming weeks, including the ministers of Tourism, Agriculture, Industry and Trade, and Human Rights, according to news website G1.

Rousseff's cabinet, composed of 37 ministers and secretaries, has been shuffled more than 20 times since she took office in 2011.

General elections will be held on Oct. 5, with some 140 million registered voters to be able to elect a new president, governors, deputies and senators.

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