Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday appointed two deputies as ports, airports and sports ministers, and created a small and micro enterprises portfolio, in a reform to strengthen his allied base.
The Presidency of the Republic indicated, in a statement, that Lula met with the Minister of Institutional Relations, Alexandre Padilha, and the two deputies, Silvio Costa Filho and Andrei Vuvoca, who were invited to take over the two ministries.
coast Velhofrom the Republicans, and FuvocaFrom the Progressive Party, center-right formations agreed to assume ministerial portfolios Ports and airports And based on Sportsrespectively.
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Vuvoca, a 33-year-old young doctor, is the son of a politician and a member of the same party as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Artur Lira, who is also an ally of Celso Sabino, of the Uniao party, and was appointed last July. As Minister of Tourism.
Lira, who has always identified more with the opposition led by former President Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022), has opposed some legislative projects of the allied base that supports the progressive president.
The new Minister of Sports He replaces former volleyball player Anna Moser in the positionIn a decision that was commented on by the media and sparked criticism from social movements that rejected his final departure, he confirmed it on Wednesday.
In the field of ports and airports, Costa Filho, a 41-year-old teacher, He will replace former governor of São Paulo state, Márcio Françaof the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), formed Vice President Geraldo Alckmin.
The two new ministers also come from the northeast of the country, a region where Lula has great political power and always wins the elections he contests.
France, in turn, will assume leadership A new Ministry for Small and Micro Enterpriseswhich Lula has already expressed his intention to create.
The official appointment and inauguration will take place, according to the presidency, after Lula returns to the country, who will participate this weekend in the G20 summit in India.
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With this reform, Lula retains the historic Progressive Party, which has almost always stood by him, within his government, and attracts the Republicans and the People’s Party to his electoral base, which is currently divided in Congress.
Of the 513 representatives who make up the House of Representatives, the People’s Party has 49 legislators, while the Republicans have 41.
To make his support base more solid, Lula began his third term on January 1 37 ministries14 more than his predecessor Bolsonaro, and before Wednesday’s reform he had already changed two names.
After the coup attack on January 8, when extremist Bolsonarians invaded and looted the headquarters of the three powers in Brasilia, Lula replaced General Marco Gonçalves Dias of the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI).
Gonçalves Dias was replaced by General Marcos Antonio Amaro.
In July, Tourism Minister Daniela Carneiro, embroiled in a corruption scandal, was replaced by Sabino.
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