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Offline Bob D'Amico

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Brazil Labour Minister Carlos Lupi is latest to resign

Brazil's Labour Minister, Carlos Lupi, has handed in his resignation to President Dilma Rousseff.

He is the seventh minister to resign since President Rousseff took office in January. Six of them have departed amid scandals over alleged corruption.

Most of them had been members of the previous government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In a statement, Mr Lupi said he had been subject to personal and political persecution by the media.

But he said he had a clear conscience and he would be proved innocent.

He was being investigated after a local magazine, Veja, reported in November that Mr Lupi and some of his aides allegedly had demanded kickbacks from charities and non-governmental organizations in exchange for funding from the ministry.

The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper also reported that he was being investigated for allegedly receiving a salary as a federal congressional employee, while at the same time serving, and receiving a salary from, the state legislature of Rio de Janeiro.

Receiving two government salaries is illegal under Brazilian law.

'Tainted'

Some members of congress from Mr Lupi's own Brazilian Worker's Party (PDT) had requested a probe into the allegations.

But pressure on Mr Lupi to resign increased dramatically on Wednesday after a presidential ethics committee recommended that he should be sacked for gross mismanagement.

Opposition groups have previously said that the resignations under President Rousseff show that her government is tainted by corruption.

But the government insists corruption has always existed in Brazil - the difference now is that cases are being made public and action is being taken.


The resignations have strained Ms Rousseff's governing coalition, which is made up of more than a dozen parties.

Source BBC News at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16026561

Veja article in Portuguese at http://veja.abril.com.br/noticia/brasil/lupi-o-mentiroso-e-o-setimo-ministro-a-deixar-o-governo
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Re: 7th Brazilian Minister Accused of Corruption Resigns (7th in 11 months)
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 05:49:39 PM »
It's up to 9 ministers now!

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Re: 7th Brazilian Minister Accused of Corruption Resigns (7th in 11 months)
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 11:45:55 AM »
Corruption is unfortunately a very common phenomenon nowadays! It knows no boundaries. That's true!