Brazil Party Said to Recommend Lobao for Energy Post

Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff’s biggest coalition partner wants former Energy Minister Edison Lobao to return to his post, a party member familiar with the plans said.

The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, also wants Rousseff to keep Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi in his post, said the PMDB official who asked to remain anonymous because Rousseff hasn’t named all of her cabinet picks.

Lobao, 73, a PMDB senator stepped down as minister in March to seek reelection from the northeastern state of Maranhao for the fourth time. He was replaced by current Minister Marcio Zimmermann.

Rossi, 67, was appointed in March as agriculture minister to replace Reinhold Stephanes, who stepped down to run for a lower-house seat. Rossi was the head of the ministry’s crop forecasting agency before being tapped as minister.

Rousseff takes office Jan. 1 from President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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