Brazil’s Rousseff cuts eight ministries in cabinet shuffle

Paulo Trevisani – The Wall Street Journal, 10/2/2015

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff shook up her cabinet Friday in a bid to save her job and break a political logjam that is paralyzing Latin America’s largest economy.

The changes give more clout to Brazil’s largest political party, the PMDB. Its leaders are seen as key to blocking a possible impeachment process against Ms. Rousseff and helping her pass much-needed fiscal reforms.

The revamp comes as the deeply unpopular president and her ruling Workers’ Party or PT struggle to cling to power less than a year after Ms. Rousseff won a second four-year term in the October 2014 elections.

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