Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Dilma Rousseff is the new Chief of Staff

Dilma Rousseff is the new Chief of Staff, replacing ex-Minister José Dirceu.
Since the start of Lula´s Government, Mrs. Rousseff had been the Minister of Energy. Before joining the federal Government, Mrs. Rousseff had been Secretary of Finances and Secretary of Energy of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

Mrs. Rousseff was an activist during the dictatorship period. She belonged to a few extreme leftist group, which employed guns to combat the military government. She was arrested in 1970, she was submitted to torture, she spent three years in jail.

Analysts say that Mrs. Rousseff, as Chief of Staff, will put efforts into improving the administrative performance of the government, pushing ahead projects of infrastructure which are halted today. Mrs. Rousseff will not deal with the political management, which used to take a good time of José Dirceu; President Lula himself shall assume the political articulation.

Read what Reuters wrote about changes in Brazilian Government.

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