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Brazil: Temer’s New Energy Minister: A Symbolic Figure rather Than a Decision-Maker

Following Dilma Rousseff’s stepping down for trial last week, provisional President Michel Temer has named Fernando Bezerra Coelho Filho, a congressman from the PSB, as the new minister of energy and mines. Coelho Filho, who is only 32, is the son of congressman Fernando Bezerra Coelho, an influential figure within the PSB and an ally of deceased former Pernambuco state governor Eduardo Campos. Campos died in a plane crash in late 2014, shortly before he was due to run as a third-party candidate against Rousseff and Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in the presidential election.


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