Brazil's Rousseff names ex-US envoy as FM

Amorim achieved a nuclear fuel swap deal, brokered with Turkey's help, that drew ire from the United States.

Brazil's Rousseff names ex-US envoy as FM

Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff has chosen former US envoy as foreign minister and an economist as treasury secretary, her transition team said on Wednesday.

Rousseff, who takes office on Jan. 1, tapped Antonio Patriota, a former Brazilian ambassador to the United States, as the new foreign minister to replace Celso Amorim.

Amorim achieved a nuclear fuel swap deal, brokered with Turkey's help, that drew ire from the United States.

Rousseff will keep Treasury Secretary Arno Agustin in his post.

In addition, Nelson Barbosa, the current secretary of economic policy who was considered a possible candidate to become finance minister, will become the executive secretary of the finance ministry.

Barbosa helped draw up some of the Lula administration's flagship infrastructure programs and orchestrated the stimulus measures that steered Brazil through the global financial crisis.

The finance ministry's new secretary of economic policy will be Marcio Holland de Brito, the ministry said.

The transition team also confirmed that Defense Minister Nelson Jobim will remain when Rousseff takes office on Jan. 1.

Agencies

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