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Cablegate: Brazil: Cabinet Shuffle--Part Iii

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRASILIA 002031

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

TREASURY FOR PARODI, STATE PASS TO USTR, USDOC WASHDC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL ECON BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: CABINET SHUFFLE--PART III

REF: A. BRASILIA 1660
B. BRASILIA 1819
C. BRASILIA 1849
D. BRASILIA 1867
E. BRASILIA 1631
F. BRASILIA 1973

1.(SBU) SUMMARY. Brazilian President Lula da Silva
concluded his third cabinet shuffle on July 21 to shore up
crumbling support in Congress as a series of corruption
scandals continue to rock his party and government (reftels)
(revised cabinet list at paragraph 6). The President
announced the nomination of two more ministers: Nelson
Machado, a PT-allied career civil servant at the Planning
Ministry, becomes the new Social Security Minister; and the
PP-connected Trade Ministry's Executive Secretary Marcio
Fortes steps in as the Cities Minister. Lula has reshuffled
a total of 10 ministry posts and removed cabinet-level status
of two Secretariats (Communications and Human Rights) (refs B
and D) since early June when the Workers' Party (PT) was
accused of bribing congressmen to back government
legislation, sparking a major political crisis. With these
moves, Lula expected to defend the government and rearrange
his support base in Congress, but it is highly unlikely that
his coalition will be able to advance its legislative agenda
in the current environment and with only 16 months before
Brazil's national elections. END SUMMARY.

PRESIDENT LULA CONCLUDES CABINET SHUFFLE
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2. (U) On July 21, President Lula da Silva effected the two
final cabinet changes in his third and long-waited cabinet
shuffle amid an ongoing corruption scandal that has already
resulted in the removal of several key leaders. The new
cabinet ministers are:

- Marcio Fortes, 63, a career diplomat with a law degree,
replaces Olivio Dutra (PT) as the new Cities Minister.
Fortes, who served as an Executive-Secretary (vice-Minister)
to the Ministries of Trade (2003-2005), Agriculture
(1995-2002), and Mines & Energy (1990-1992), has connections
with the Progressive Party (PP) and was a personal choice of
Chamber President Severino Cavalcanti (PP). Reportedly,
Fortes' appointment is intended to satisfy Cavalcanti and,
consequently, improve relations between the executive branch
and Congress. However, it was not endorsed by the entire PP
delegation in the Chamber.

- Nelson Machado, a PT-allied career civil servant at the
Planning Ministry, replaces Senator Romero Juca (PMDB) at
Social Security. Machado has served as Executive-Secretary
in the Ministry of Planning since Lula came into office and
served as interim Planning Minister in late 2004. Machado
holds a law degree, a Master's in Financial and Budgetary
Administration, and a Doctorate in Accounting. He was chief
of staff at Sao Paulo City Hall (1991-92) and served as
director of Sao Paulo State School of Finance.

3. (U) The recently-finalized cabinet shuffle increased the
weighting of two of the allied parties (PMDB and PP) and
decreased the number of first-rank positions occupied by the
ruling PT, as Lula attempted to salvage his Congressional
coalition. The PMDB increased its participation from two to
three ministerial seats (Note: In late June, the government
promised to increase the PMDB's cabinet presence to four
ministerial seats, but decided to award it only three after
it failed to unite behind Lula's administration and remained
split between pro and anti-government wings. End note.). The
PP gained its first cabinet level position with the recent
nomination of Marcio Fortes to the Ministry of Cities.
President Lula's PT lost positions in the government: former
PT ministers have reoccupied posts as lawmakers to defend the
government (former Chief of Staff Jose Dirceu, former
Political Coordinator Aldo Rebelo and former Labor Minister
Ricardo Berzoini), and two Ministries formerly headed by the
PT were transferred to the PMDB (Health and Mines & Energy)
and one to the PP (Cities). President Lula also removed the
cabinet-level status of two PT-controlled Secretariats (Human
Rights and Communications) and transferred their duties to
Secretary General Luiz Dulci (PT).

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LULA'S NEW CABINET
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4. (U)

- President: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT-SP)
- Vice President: Jose Alencar (PL-MG)
- Minister-Chief Casa Civil (Chief of Staff): Dilma Rousseff
(PT-RS)
- Secretary General: Luiz Dulci (PT-MG)
- Secretary for Economic and Social Development and
Institutional Relations: Jaques Wagner (PT-BA)
- Institutional Security: Gen. Jorge Armando Felix (p-RJ)
- Inspector General: Waldir Pires (PT-BA)
- Secretary for Fishing: Jose Fritsch (PT-SC)
- Secretary for Racial Equality: Matilde Ribeiro (PT-SP)
- Secretary for Women's Affairs: Nilceia Freire (PT-RJ)
- Solicitor General: Alvaro Ribeiro Costa (p-CE)
- Agrarian Development: Miguel Rossetto (PT-RS)
- Agriculture: Roberto Rodrigues (PP-SP)
- Cities: Marcio Fortes (PP-RJ)
- Communications: Helio Costa (PMDB-MG)
- Culture: Gilberto Gil (PV-BA)
- Defense: Vice President Jose Alencar (PL-MG)
- Development, Industry and Trade: Luis Furlan (p-SP)
- Education: Fernando Haddad (PT-SP)
- Environment: Marina Silva (PT-AC)
- Finance: Antonio Palocci (PT-SP)
- Foreign Affairs: Celso Amorim (p-SP)
- Health: Saraiva Felip (PMDB-MG)
- Justice: Marcio Thomaz Bastos (PT-SP)
- Labor: Luiz Marinho (PT-SP)
- Mines & Energy: Silas Rondeau (PMDB-MA)
- National Integration: Ciro Gomes (PPS-CE)
- Planning: Paulo Bernardo (PT-PR)
- Science and Technology: Sergio Rezende (PSB-PE)
- Social Development: Patrus Ananias (PT-MG)
- Social Security: Nelson Machado (PT-SP)
- Sports: Agnelo Queiroz (PCdoB-DF)
- Tourism: Walfrido Mares Guia (PTB-MG)
- Transportation: Alfredo Nascimento (PL-AM)
- Central Bank President: Henrique Meirelles (p-GO)

(Note: "p" signifies a non-party professional appointment.
The Political Coordination Secretariat was folded into the
Secretariat for Economic and Social Development, which became

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Secretariat for Economic and Social Development and

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Institutional Relations. The Human Rights and the
Communications Secretariats have been consolidated into
General Secretariat. End Note.)
CHICOLA

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