Brazil leader names 13 new ministers

Updated: 2014-12-24 09:18


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Brazil leader names 13 new ministers

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during breakfast with media at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 22, 2014.[Photo/Agencies]

SAO PAULO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has named 13 of the new ministers who will serve during her second term.

Rousseff has named Jaques Wagner as her new minister of defense - he's currently the governor of Bahia state and a longtime member of the president's Workers' Party.

Rousseff said in a late Tuesday note that her new Mines and Energy minister will be Sen. Eduardo Braga from her ruling coalition's most influential partner, the Democratic Movement Party.

Braga takes over a ministry dealing with an alleged kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras on contracts worth about $4 billion.

In naming her 39 ministers, Rousseff has to carefully balance the demands of the nine parties that make up her ruling coalition. She still has 22 ministers yet to name.