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Dilma’s popularity survives crisis

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on June 13, 2011

by Joe Leahy for Financial Times – Beyond Brics, June 13th, 2011.

Dilma Rousseff’s spring-cleaning of her fledgling government seems to have done her popularity little harm, if any.

Last week, the president lost her most important minister, Antonio Palocci, to an ethics scandal and was forced to replace him with a first-time senator, Gleisi Hoffman.

Now she has replaced her institutional affairs minister Luiz Sergio Oliveira with Ideli Salvatti, an experienced hand from her Workers’ Party (PT).

In spite of the infighting and the bad publicity surrounding Mr Palocci, who was accused of rapidly accumulating wealth while serving as a congressman, Ms Rousseff remains one of the most popular presidents in Brazilian history. (continue reading… )

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