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Brazil’s industry minister steps down

January 3, 2018

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian Industry Minister Marcos Pereira has resigned and is expected to seek a seat in Congress in October elections.

Pereira cites only “personal and party” reasons in the resignation letter posted Wednesday on his Facebook page. But local news media say he plans to become a candidate for his right-of-center Brazilian Republican Party.

Labor Minister Ronaldo Nogueira resigned last week in order to run for a congressional seat for the Brazilian Labor Party.

On Wednesday the presidential press office announced that Nogueira will be replaced by Congresswoman Cristiane Brasil of the centrist Brazilian Labor Party.

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