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Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota Resigned; Luiz Figueiredo to Take Over

Aug 27, 2013 11:22 IST

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota resigned on 26 August 2013 in the backdrop of accusations of helping the Bolivian senator, Roger Pinto to cross border into Brazil. Roger Pinto in turn was accused of corruption. His resignation was accepted by the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. However, Antonio Patriota was in the meanwhile, appointed as the Brazil's envoy to the United Nations.

The present Brazilian UN ambassador, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo will now take over as the Brazilian Foreign Minister. Roger Pinto had accused the Government of Bolivia for having their links to the drug traffickers. Pinto escaped his arrest by taking a haven in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz.

It is important to note that Antonio Patriota is the first cabinet minister to resign from the office since a range of ministers left the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff in her first year of office in the year 2011.

About Antonio Patriota

Antonio Patriota is the Brazilian diplomat and former Minister of External Relations, born on 27 April 1954. He had succeeded Chancellor Celso Amorim. He took over as the Minister of External Relations in Brazil on 1 January 2011.

He is a graduate in philosophy from the University of Geneva. He also studied international relations by the Rio Branco Institute.

Between 2007 and 2009, he held the position of Brazil's ambassador to the United States. He also held the positions of Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations, Cabinet Chief of Foreign Minister Chancellor Celso Amorim and Secretary General of the Ministry of External Relations.

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