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Lula announces final cabinet members, highest number of female ministers in Brazil’s history

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São Paulo, Brazil — Brazil’s president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced the final 16 ministers that will make up his cabinet when he takes office on Sunday. Ministers include both supporters and non-supporters of the incoming president and his cabinet touts the highest female representation among ministers in Brazil’s history. 

Some appointments are seen as accommodations for political parties that will make up his allied base in congress. Among Lula’s 37 ministers, there are members of nine political parties — some on the left who supported him during the campaign, but also centrist parties, who were not on the side of the president-elect in recent months, but who have shown support for him from 2023 onward. Eleven ministers do not have any party affiliation.

Former presidential candidate Simone Tebet, who ran against Lula in the first round of elections and supported him in the second round, was named Minister of Planning and Budget, participating in the economic team for the new government.

Read more: Simone Tebet: A potential ‘third way’ candidate for Brazilians disillusioned with Bolsonaro and Lula?

Marina Silva, a politician and environmentalist, was named Minister of the Environment, a position that could be eyed closely by an international community keen to see Brazil return to the table on climate change. Silva headed the ministry once before from 2003 to 2008. 

Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous woman and representative in congress, was named Brazil’s first Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. The announcement of the new ministry was met with cautious optimism by Brazil’s indigenous protectors. 

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Lula also named ministers for transportation, tourism, social security, mines and energy, cities, fisheries, communications and agriculture and livestock.

He also revived the Ministry of Sport, which had become a secretary within the

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