Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A third corruption scandal again shakes the government Rousseff

The Brazilian Federal Police arrested 38 people linked to the Ministry of Tourism, including Vice Frederico Silva da Costa, as part of an investigation into misuse of public funds. This is the third scandal exploded in the Cabinet Rousseff since July, when the Transport Minister, Alfredo Nascimento, stepped down under pressure from allegations of corruption and led the president to begin a process of "cleansing" that resulted in the portfolio in the dismissal of more than twenty employees.

Upon learning the operation of the Federal Police, Rousseff ordered the Minister of Tourism, Pedro Novais, to be presented this Tuesday at his office to explain the scandal involving several of his top advisers. The appointment of the Cabinet Novais Rousseff was suggested by Senate President Jose Sarney, one of the exponents of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), the main partner in the coalition government led by the Socialist Workers Party (PT).

Suspicions of corruption also weighed on the Ministry of Agriculture, also commanded by the PMDB, through the Minister Wagner Rossi. Over the past weekend, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Milton Ortolan, resigned after being accused of corruption by the weekly magazine "Veja", which denounced irregularities in various contracts signed by the deputy minister.

The head of the agriculture portfolio, Wagner Rossi, has also been accused by the newspaper "Folha de Sao Paulo" to use his position to "accommodate family PMDB political leaders" in the National Supply Company (Conab), subject to his Ministry.

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