The Latest Minister Accused of Corruption in Brazil Is Close Friend of President Rousseff

Fernando Pimentel Fernando Pimentel, Brazil’s Trade and Industry minister, is facing pressure to explain his personal wealth, becoming the latest and one of the most high-profile members of President Dilma Rousseff’s cabinet to be targeted by the media over alleged ethics breaches.

Seven members of Rousseff’s cabinet have quit over corruption allegations since she took office in January – the latest was her labor and employment minister who stepped down on Sunday.

So far public opinion reaction has been positive towards Rousseff’s attitude of purging but a serious scandal involving Pimentel, a member of the president’s own Workers’ Party, could be damaging for the president.

A close confidant and long-time personal friend of Rousseff, Pimentel is the most influential minister to face an ethics storm since her chief of staff Antonio Palocci was forced out of his post in June. All the other minister that fell until now were remainders from the Lula administration, which is not the case with Pimentel.

Unlike some of the recent casualties in less important ministries, Pimentel is a crucial player in Rousseff’s economic team, which is scrambling to revive growth that stalled in the third quarter as Brazil felt the effects of Europe’s debt crisis.

Leading newspapers have reported that Pimentel earned more than 1.1 million dollars in consultancy fees over two years after he stepped down as mayor of the city of Belo Horizonte and before joining Rousseff’s government in January. Pimentel has denied any wrongdoing but acknowledged that Rousseff has asked him for explanations.

Daily newspaper O Globo from Rio de Janeiro reported that his consulting firm, P-21 Consultoria, was linked to a current aide to the Belo Horizonte mayor. Other newspapers have reported that his firm worked with a construction company that later was awarded contracts with the Belo Horizonte municipality.

The opposition PSDB party called for the public prosecutors’ office to open an investigation into Pimentel’s business dealings.



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  • Spiffy

    Sorry doll, you can’t work here on a tourist visa. I obey the law whether here or in Brazil. Hell, I would be the first to turn you in to the authorities. Nothing personal.

  • isabelle da silva de mello de andrade goncalves

    spiffy you know you must come to brasil me like americanos me no like brazil very bad peoples ..
    i divorcio costinha no good no good sexo muito small and stinky like pig …me love americanos muito amor….

  • isabelle da silva de mello de andrade goncalves

    i love americanos you marry me ok take me america ok
    no problemo americano me go orlando visit tourist visas me have fren job work hotel clean good cash money no tax ok .you like you marry me like ok …me no like brazil brazil bad very bad peoples no like americanos me like old bald americanos one leg okay …no problem me like …muito amor voce .spiffy ….

  • Spiffy

    spiffy,,, lets meet at the hello disco on the rua da bundahole in rio de janeiro … you like ok i marry you ok you take me america ok…
    Sorry doll, I am not up for marriage, too old, too mean, I reckon. I am in the US now but will be there for Reveillao. maybe we can meet and have a caipirinha and leave the redneck a.s.s.h.o.l.e.s to wallow in their shit for a while. I can get back to them anytime. Fica bem.

  • isabelle da silva de mello de andrade goncalves

    spiffy,,, lets meet at the hello disco on the rua da bundahole in rio de janeiro … you like ok i marry you ok you take me america ok…

  • Spiffy

    Great grins
    Isabelle, I love the way you think. Great job.

  • isabelle da silva de mello de andrade goncalves spiffy

    i can only love you in america …know what i mean gringo.. brazil no good we go america ok me love you in america not brazil
    its lonely when your an impedint angry redneck from rural east bumfuck and no dang sober women in sight ….well ok lets go…

  • isabelle da silva de mello de andrade goncalves

    i love americanos you marry me ok take me america ok
    lets meet for a cappuchino at the hello disco on the rua de bundaholes, rio de janeiro.wear a american flag pin on your t-shirt so i know its you .see you there at 2 am saturday …

  • Spiffy

    Spelling, grammar etc
    US Observer. enroll in school you moron, what the hell is hore? Start a sentence with capital letters, America is always spelled with a capital A, so is American. Did you ever hear of a complete sentence? Commas, periods, conjugation of verbs, nouns, pronouns?????????? Huh, huh, huh? Dumbo….. If you don’t read something beside skinhead/white supremacist publications your vocabulary will forever be dominated by your shit house philosophy.

    Who is us, you ask? Us are Americans who are have fought and killed so that assholes like you still have a place in free society instead of your rightful place in the looney bin. Us are Americans (with a capital A asshole) who picked up pieces of REAL Americans off of battlefields while puny little coward mother fuckers like you sat at home and pissed and moaned about shit that “Don’t mean nothin”. I will be glad to continue this dialogue asshole. It would be much better in person.

  • us observer

    who,s us ???? you and some green card hore?
    you are infatuated with america and americans perhaps your a angry gay marxist…

  • Spiffy

    US “Observed”
    Lets get something straight asshole, this is NOT infatuation, look it up in that book called DICTIONARY. I am also an American enjoying my right to freedom of speech on this American owned and based (Los Angeles) site. Keep spouting your hate, I will keep on keeping on, its creeps like you that make the rest of us look bad and as long as you keep spewing your shit you can count on me exercising my right to my opinion, get used to it bird brain.

  • us observer

    usa usa usa USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. the worlds most powerfull nation in the world !…
    why don,t you 2 ignorants comment on the articles and get over your infatuation with this american who enjoys his right to freedom of speech and opinion on this american owned and based (los angeles)site …

  • Spiffy

    Luiz about US Observer
    Luiz please don’t do anything to discourage US Observer from writing, I am no genius but I feel like Einstein when I read what that lunatic writes. Keep on keeping on US Observer, your grammar still sucks and your hatred gives you a bad odor but its either read your bullshit or go to the store and watch the avocados turn black.

  • Luiz Andrade da Silva

    US Observer,
    If Brazil is a non-country, why do you keep coming to this site, which is about Brazil, and commenting on every little article that is published here? You seem to know a lot about Brazil. I wonder if you’re really American, as you want us to believe, or if you are, in fact, a Brazilian who hates his own country. If that is the case, you should feel ashamed of yourself. A person should never badmouth his own country like you do.

  • us observer

    brazil is a non-country !!.. Quote: Charles de Gaulle president of France
    this is too funny …once again and again and again brazil proves it is inherently corrupt and criminal …and the pathetic part of it all is its allways from brazil,s leftists/communists/marxists…and the brazilians keep electing these people time and time again….

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