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By Anna Fitzpatrick, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Rousseff’s continued stance against corruption in the government claimed its fifth casualty yesterday – the Minister for Tourism Pedro Novais. Problems started for the Novais after it was revealed by the Brazilian Press that he was using public funds to finance private matters: hiring a private driver for his wife and paying for a housekeeper for his personal residence.

Pedro Novais resigned as Brazil's Minister for Tourism, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, News
Pedro Novais resigned as Brazil's Minister for Tourism on Wednesday, photo by José Cruz/ABr.

His position in office became untenable today after increasing pressure from his party (PMDB) and his resignation was issued by letter on Wednesday evening.

The “faxina” or cleanup has already seen the departure of Antonio Palocci (Chief of Staff), Alfredo Nascimento (Minister of Transport), Nelson Jobim (Minister of Defense) and Wagner Rossi (Minister of Agriculture) all before the end of President Rousseff’s first year in office.  Rousseff is receiving public support from her stance against corruption.

All this against the backdrop of a popular protest movement March Against Corruption that began on September seventh, Brazil’s Independence Day.

The replacement for Pedro Novais  is expected to be named later today.

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