Brazil’s New Planning Minister Says He Will Stay in Office

Rogerio Jelmayer, Paulo Trevisani and Luciana Magalhaes – The Wall Street Journal, 05/23/2016

Brazil’s new Planning Minister Romero Jucá said Monday he will stay in office for as long as he has the president’s confidence, after a local newspaper reported the minister allegedly said he wanted to stop a corruption investigation centered on state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA.

The report in Folha de S. Paulo comes less than two weeks into the new administration of acting President Michel Temer, who stepped in for President Dilma Rousseff and installed his own cabinet after Ms. Rousseff was temporarily suspended to face an impeachment trial in the Senate.

Folha reported parts of a purported recorded conversation between Mr. Jucá and Sergio Machado, former head of the transportation unit of Petrobras, as the oil company is known. The newspaper didn’t say who recorded the conversation, or how.

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