Brazil justice minister to quit as Lula probe tension grows: papers

Jeb Blount, Anthony Boadle, Michael Perry – Reuters, 02/29/2016

Brazil’s Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso plans to resign, fed up with rising attacks from his Workers’ Party over a police probe into the activities of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, two Brazilian newspapers reported Sunday.

Cardoso will quit this week, Folha de S.Paulo said. Cardoso, who took office with Lula’s PT successor Dilma Rousseff at the beginning of her first term in 2011.

Leading members of Cardoso’s party, known by its Portuguese initials PT, have raised pressure on the minister in recent days after Lula was notified that Brazilian courts plan to subpoena his bank, telephone and financial records, Folha and the Estado de S.Paulo reported.

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