Rousseff Is Said to Name Bernardo, Cortes for Brazil Ministry Positions

Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff plans to name Paulo Bernardo as communications minister and Sergio Cortes as health minister, a government official familiar with the matter said.

Bernardo, 58, is currently planning minister and said last week he was offered a ministerial position in Rousseff’s government. Cortes, 44, a doctor, is health secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro. The official asked to remain anonymous as the appointments have not yet been made public.

Rousseff said last week she will announce all cabinet appointments by Dec. 17. Finance Minister Guido Mantega will remain in his post, Alexandre Tombini will replace Henrique Meirelles as central bank president and Miriam Belchior was named as planning minister.

The presidential palace staff will include former Finance Minister Antonio Palocci as chief of staff and Gilberto Carvalho as secretary general of the presidency, an official familiar with the matter said last week, requesting anonymity as the selections aren’t yet public.

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