IN BRIEF: Rousseff could name close ally as mining minister

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brazil's reelected President Dilma Rousseff reportedly wishes to keep a firm grip on the country's mining and energy ministry.

According to a report from local newspaper O Globo, Rousseff is considering naming Giles Azevedo, a geologist and former head of the ministry's mines and metallurgy department who served under her administration (2003-05), as the new mining and energy minister.

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Azevedo, a close ally, has worked with Rousseff for more than 20 years and was responsible for coordinating her presidential campaigns in 2010 and 2014, the report said.

On Monday, the country's current mining and energy minister Edison Lobão said he would leave Rousseff's cabinet. His name has repeatedly come up in connection with a corruption scandal involving Petrobras.