Rousseff invites ex-finmin to be chief of staff-report

SAO PAULO, Nov 25 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazil’s President-elect Dilma
Rousseff has invited former finance minister Antonio Palocci to
become her chief of staff, the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper
reported on Thursday, citing no sources for the information.

Palocci, a former Trotskyite who was the face of economic
austerity in President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s first term,
has not yet accepted the invitation and would rather take over a
lower-profile post such as secretary-general, the daily
reported.

Palocci was widely respected as finance minister but he
resigned in 2006 over a corruption scandal, although he denied
any involvement.

Rousseff has also invited Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo
to be the minister of Social Security. According to Estado, he
confirmed he was offered a post in the new administration but
said the invitation was not for a specific ministry.

On Wednesday, Rousseff announced she would keep Guido
Mantega as finance minister while replacing Henrique Meirelles
at the helm of the central bank with Alexandre Tombini, a
veteran of the institution.

(Reporting by Inae Riveras; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Rousseff invites ex-finmin to be chief of staff-report