Cabinet of Brazil
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The Cabinet of Brazil (Portuguese: Gabinete Ministerial do Brasil) is composed of the Ministers of State and senior advisors of the executive branch of the federal government of Brazil. Cabinet officers are appointed and dismissed by the President. There are currently twenty-four Ministries of State and fourteen other cabinet-level offices.
Ministers assist the President in the exercise of the executive power. Each minister is responsible for the general administration of a government portfolio, and heads a corresponding government ministry. Ministers prepare standards, monitor and evaluate federal programs, formulate and implement policies for the sectors they represent. They are responsible also to establish strategies, policies and priorities in the application of public resources. The most important minister is the Chief of Staff, while other high profile ministers include Finance, Justice, External Relations and Defense.
The current cabinet features a record number of female ministers (10, making up 26% of the cabinet), signaling Pres. Dilma Rousseff's wish to promote women in key sectors of her government. The cabinet consists of the following members (updated February 2014):
- brasil.gov.br Official Brazilian Government Portal
- Presidência da República Official website of the Presidency of Brazil
- e.Gov Official Government Services and Information Portal