Brazil defense minister to be ousted, source says

August 4, 2011 21:33


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SAO PAULO - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff will ask her veteran defense minister for his resignation after he made disparaging comments about fellow officials, a source said on Thursday, adding to a recent sense of dysfunction within her 7-month-old government.

Defense Minister Nelson Jobim will resign, or be fired, once he returns from a trip to the Amazon, the source told Reuters. That might not happen until late Thursday or on Friday, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Jobim would be the third minister to lose his job because of clashes with Rousseff or corruption allegations. The turnover among top aides has strained relations among members of Rousseff's 15-party coalition and contributed to the paralysis of economic reforms in Congress.

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