Protests cloud Brazil acting president’s political honeymoon

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BRASÍLIA: Street protests and controversy over the absence of female ministers clouded Brazilian acting President Michel Temer’s political honeymoon Monday as he began his first full week in power. Temer took over from president Dilma Rousseff last week after the Senate voted to open an impeachment trial on charges that she illegally manipulated the budget. The 75-year-old center-right leader has vowed to reverse Rousseff’s leftist course in an attempt to haul Brazil back from its deepest recession in decades. Though a cabinet — which will be reduced from a bloated 32 ministries to 23 — has already been named, there was a delay to the nomination in the key post of central bank head. New Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, whose early pronouncements are being carefully watched by the markets, had been due to announce the nominee Monday (Tuesday in Manila) but put it off for a day, Brazilian newspapers reported.

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