Passos Steps Up as New Transport Minister

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Earlier this month, Brazil’s former transport minister, Alfredo Nascimento, resigned following an article in Veja magazine which exposed alleged irregularities in the granting of contracts within the transport ministry. Four days later, on July 11th, president Dilma Rousseff appointed Paulo Sergio Passos – who had been Executive Secretary under Nacimento – in his place.

The article in Veja magazine pointed out a number of suspicious transactions. Primarily, it claimed that the ministry had levied bribes of four percent against contractors bidding for ministry business, and that the money had then . . .

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