Brazil’s New Planning Minister Steps Down Amidst Scandal

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The new interim government in Brazil was shaken early Monday morning with the release of a recording where Planning Minister, Romero Jucá, allegedly tells a colleague that impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff are necessary so as to limit investigations on the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption scheme.

In the recording released by national daily Folha de S. Paulo, Jucá tells former senator and ex-president of Transpetro, the country’s largest oil transportation company, Sergio Machado, that a new government and new ‘political pact’ is needed to ‘halt the bleeding . . .

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