Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chief of Staff Resigns Rousseff after the controversy over his estate

BRASILIA, 8 Jun. Brazilian cabinet chief, Antonio Palocci, has submitted his resignation to the president of the country, Dilma Rousseff, who has accepted, according to the Palocchi own department, the Civil House. Despite its neglect, Palocci is claimed to remember that the Attorney General of the Republic, Roberto Gurgel, has filed the legal proceedings against him for alleged influence peddling.

Gurgel's decision "confirms the legality and propriety of their professional activities in recent times, and the lack of any foundation, however minimal, of the allegations made about his conduct," reads the statement from the Civil House . However Palocci believed that the controversy that this case has generated "could undermine their work in government", reports Agencia Brasil state.

Rousseff regretted "the loss of such an important partner" and underlined its "meaningful participation" in government, and welcomes the services provided to his team and his country. The scandal came to light May 15 when the 'Folha de S. Paulo 'revealed the significant increase in the assets of Palocci between 2006 and 2010, during which he served as deputy during the reign of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Soon after he worked on the successful election campaign Rousseff. In 2006, the former chief of staff and had to resign as Minister of Finance for their involvement in a similar case. On the other hand, the President has appointed Senator Hoffmann Gleisi to replace Palocci, according to confirmed by the press department of the Planalto Palace, seat of the Presidency.

Hoffman was part of the transition team of the Lula government, and in 2008 became president of the Workers Party in Paraná. She is the wife of Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo.

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