Brazil's minister of ideas, nemesis of former environmental minister, resigns

mongabay.com
June 29, 2009





Brazil's minister of strategic affairs, Roberto Mangabeira Unger, will resign his post in the next few days and resume his teaching career at Harvard, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced Monday.

Unger, who had been dubbed Lula's "minister of ideas", had clashed with environmentalists — notably Brazil's former Environment Minister Marina Silva — over his pro-development approach to the Amazon rainforest.

Unger's resignation had been expected. His leave-of-absence from Harvard expires in August.

Unger has advised Lula on energy and food security, foreign trade and investment, according to Dow Jones. In April Unger told Bloomberg that Brazil could triple its agricultural without the needing to clear additional rainforest in the Amazon Basin but, at other times, he has pushed for infrastructure expansion and new energy projects in the world's largest rainforest. Marina Silva resigned last May following battles with Unger and other ministers over planned development projects in the Amazon.





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