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Brazil Defense Minister Resigns as Comments Rattle Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lost the third member of her Cabinet since taking office seven months ago, as her defense minister was forced to resign after making comments that angered the president.

Nelson Jobim had served as the civilian head of Latin America´s biggest military since 2007, one of 12 top officials that Rousseff retained when she took over from her political mentor and predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Jobim resigned after a meeting with Rousseff last night and will be replaced by Lula’s former foreign minister, Celso Amorim, Social Communications Minister Helena Chagas told reporters yesterday.