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Brazil Party Said to Recommend Lobao for Energy Post

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- 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, said the party official who asked to remain anonymous because Rousseff hasn’t named all of her cabinet picks.

“The PMDB in the Senate will appoint two ministers and I’m one of the names,” Lobao said in an interview in Brasilia today. “I haven’t been invited yet and Dilma isn’t obliged to do so, but if we consider the usual political criteria, we can count on this.”

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. Rossi’s spokesman Olimpio Cruz said the minister declined to comment on the report when contacted by Bloomberg News today.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: Katia Cortes in Brasilia at at kcortes@bloomberg.net Carla Simoes in Brasilia at csimoes1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net

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