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“A Lula da Silva man steps down; a Dilma woman moves in”

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on June 8, 2011

by Merco Press News, June 8th, 2011.

Brazilian Senator Gleisi Helena Hoffmann, 45, wife of Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo has been chosen by President Dilma Rousseff to replace outcast Antonio Palocci as chief of staff.

The move, which surprised the political system, is seen as the first truly Dilma personal and direct nomination since most of her cabinet is a continuation from the Lula da Silva administration, and the new chief of staff will then be full soldier of the president.

Belonging to a family of German origin, Ms Hoffmann is Senator for the southern state of Parana, studied Law and Government Financial Management and joined the Workers party in 1989. She held a cabinet post in the State of Matto Grosso do Sul and in 2002 was part of the transition team of President Lula da Silva.

Ms Hoffmann was named Brazilian financial representative at the huge Itaipú dam complex, shared with Paraguay, and in 2006 run for a Senate bench but lost. In 2008 she became chairperson of the Workers Party in the state of Parana and in 2010 was elected Senator for her state with the most votes. (continue reading… )

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