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Brazil, Chile, Colombia & Peru

August, 2011   BRAZIL – Rousseff replaces Palocci with noviceLatin News President Dilma Rousseff took a major decision in mid-June to axe her scandal-hit number two, the minister of the presidency, Antonio Palocci, a veteran baron of the ruling left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). In a sign of her single mindedness, she went against the advice of senior party members including her predecessor and mentor Lula da Silva (2002-2010) and replaced Palocci with a first time PT senator, Gleisi Hoffmann, and later also replaced the struggling PT minister for institutional relations, Luiz Sérgio, with another woman, Ideli Salvatti, who she switched across from the fisheries ministry.   The Palocci scandal, Rousseff ’s first serious political crisis, underlined the fact th....

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