March 31, 2018 / 7:32 PM / 6 months ago

Brazil's presidential palace confirms Occhi as new health minister

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s presidential palace confirmed on Saturday Gilberto Occhi, chief executive officer of state-run bank Caixa Econômica Federal [CEF.UL], as the country’s new health minister.

President of the Caixa Economica Federal bank, Gilberto Occhi, is seen after a ceremony to launch the Digital Platform of the Emprega Brasil Program, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Occhi will be replaced at the bank by Nelson Antônio de Souza, current executive vice-president of mortgages at Caixa, the president’s office said in a statement.

Transport Minister Mauricio Quintella will also be replaced by the head of the National Transport Infrastructure Department, Valter Silveira, the statement added.

Occhi, Souza and Silveira will take up their new posts on Monday.

Last week, Reuters reported that Occhi would become the new health minister.

More than one-third of ministers in President Michel Temer’s cabinet are expected to resign this week to campaign for their congressional seats in the October general elections.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Carolina Mandl; Editing by Sandra Maler

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