Friday, February 3, 2023

Brazil: Lula appoints 16 ministers before debut

RIO DE JANEIRO ( Associated Press) – Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appointed 16 ministers Thursday, choosing two members of his party who oversee Brazil’s northeastern states to take charge of the country’s education and welfare agencies. Of.

Lula will take office in a little more than a week and still has about a dozen nominations to make.

Camilo Santana, former governor of the state of Ceará, will head the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, Wellington Dias, former governor of Piau, will be Brazil’s social development minister. Both have the two largest ministerial budgets, with the latter overseeing the government’s vast social spending.

Lula will be the government’s health minister Nicia Trinidad, who during the COVID-19 pandemic took over the government’s health research institute, Fiocruz, which also makes vaccines.

His government’s transition team presented a report at the event on Thursday in which it took stock of the federal government and said Jair Bolsonaro’s four-year term had dealt with setbacks in health and education. Lula has promised that the region and the fight against poverty will be his top priorities after his return to office from 2003 to 2010.

In a televised statement from the capital, Lula said, “I just want Brazilian society to know about the Brazil we found in December 2022, that we got this government in a situation of difficulty, a situation in which Even the simplest things were done irresponsibly.” , Brasilia.

“We are not ashamed to say that we need a political minister,” he said. “What we want are skilled politicians who are able to do politics and form a good government.”

To ensure his electoral victory over Bolsonaro, Lula and the Workers’ Party sought an alliance with moderates and even former political opponents. These include Vice-President Geraldo Alcmin, who was Lula’s rival when he ran for re-election in 2006. Other key aides have yet to be charged, including former environment minister Marina Silva and Simone Tebbet, who finished third. made it to the first round of the presidential race before throwing his support to Lula.

Lula on Thursday nominated six women to key ministries – including positions on culture, racial equality and science and technology – in what seemed to be addressing criticism that his previous cabinet nominations did not include any women. it was done. He also named his first three black ministers.

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