Brazil sports minister quits over graft -media

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s sports minister  resigned today over a corruption scandal, the country’s  GloboNews television station said, reviving concern over  President Dilma Rousseff’s unstable ruling coalition and the  country’s lagging preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Orlando Silva is the sixth minister to step down this year  and the fifth to be forced out over ethics breaches that have  become a major headache for Rousseff in her first year in  office, though the resignations have bolstered her reputation  as a no-nonsense manager who is tough on corruption.
Silva had strenuously denied a stream of allegations  against him in the media, including that he arranged up to 40  million reais ($23 million) in kickbacks from government  contracts to benefit himself and the Communist Party of Brazil,  which is part of Rousseff’s government.
Only last Friday, Rousseff said she was backing Silva to  continue in his post after hearing his explanations in a  meeting at the presidential palace.
But a minister with direct knowledge of the situation told  Reuters on Wednesday that Rousseff had now withdrawn her  support. Another source close to Rousseff said Silva’s position  had become untenable following the Supreme Court’s decision  this week to open an investigation into allegations of  corruption at the sports ministry.

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