Brazil's tourism minister resigns amid scandal

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2011 6:31 PM
Brazil's tourism minister resigns amid scandal

Brazil's tourism minister has resigned amid allegations of misusing public funds.

Pedro Novais is the fifth minister to resign since June. No replacement has been named.

The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo ran articles accusing the minister of allowing his wife to use a government driver for errands. He's also accused of using congressional funds to pay for a maid.

The president's chief of staff resigned in June amid questions about a spike in his wealth. The minister of transportation was removed in July because of corruption allegations.

The minister of defense was removed from office early in August after he openly criticized President Dilma Rousseff's government. And the minister of agriculture quit that month amid corruption allegations.