Brasilia – Communist Party lawmaker Aldo Rebelo was appointed on Thursday to be Brazil's minister of sport, succeeding party colleague Orlando Silva, who resigned after he was assailed with corruption complaints.
"I received an invitation and I accepted," Rebelo told reporters after a meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, whose governing coalition includes parties from across the political spectrum.
Silva resigned on Wednesday after 10 days of intense pressure resulting from accusations of alleged corruption, which he categorically denied but could not prevent from undermining his political capital in the post which, to a great extent, is key in the organization of the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
With his resignation, Silva became the fifth Cabinet official to leave office under suspicion since Rousseff became president on Jan. 1.
Rebelo, a 56-year-old journalist, entered politics in his student days and affiliated himself with the Communists in 1977, when the party was still subject to a ban imposed by the military regime that seized power in 1964.
He has held a seat in the lower house since 1991 and was speaker of the chamber in 2005-2007.