Friday, August 19, 2011

Brazil's Agriculture Minister leaves office amid corruption scandal

Waldirene Biernath

Wagner Rossi, member of the Democratic Movement Party of Brazil (PMDB), has resigned amid a corruption allegation. He had been accused of accepting bribes and free air travel from agricultural companies.

Rossi is the 4th minister to step down since President 
Dilma Rousseff came to power.             source:Google image
Rossi said he had spent a month battling what he called "false accusations", and he has had enough. "Over the last 30 days, I have faced a daily barrage of false accusations without any proof," Rossi wrote in a letter cited by Agencia Brasil.

He is the fourth minister to leave office because of corruption allegations since President Dilma Rousseff came to power in January. Defence Minister Nelson Jobim, Transport Minister Alfredo Nascimento and President Rousseff's chief of staff, Antonio Palocci, have all resigned since she took office.

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