Brazil names new sports minister

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2011 2:59 PM
Brazil names new sports minister

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff appointed a Communist Party congressman as the country's new sports minister on Thursday, replacing an official from the same party who resigned while fighting corruption allegations.

The official government news service Agencia Brasil said that Aldo Rebelo will be the government's point man for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Rebelo served as former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's minister for political coordination and institutional relations in 2004 and 2005 and he was president of the lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, from 2005 to 2007.

His predecessor resigned Wednesday after Brazil's Supreme Court said it had opened an investigation into the allegations of he had taken kickbacks on sports-related projects. Silva has denied the accusations before a congressional panel.

Silva is the sixth minister forced from Rousseff's government. Four of the others also had faced corruption allegations.