Brazil's president to make major cabinet reshuffle: Senator

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-15 11:55:21|Editor: Liangyu
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Michel Temer will soon make a major cabinet reshuffle involving at least 17 out of the nearly 30 ministries, Senator Romero Juca said on Tuesday.

The presidential press office said Monday that Temer will start a cabinet reshuffle which should be completed in mid-December, without providing a reason for the change.

The announcement came after the resignation on Monday of the Minister of the Cities Bruno Araujo, one of the four ministers from the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), an important ally in Temer's ruling coalition.

In a resignation letter, Araujo said his PSDB no longer supported him to remain in his cabinet position.

"The Minister of Cities' resignation anticipates the discussion about the cabinet reform, given that there is now a vacant ministry. President Temer is evaluating what to do. It will be a major reform, with 17 vacant ministries, which the president will determine," Juca said on his Twitter account.

Local media reports said Temer has been under pressure to reshuffle his cabinet from allied parties and leaders, who want positions in his administration in exchange for their support to the controversial reforms the government intends to carry out, especially the social security reform.