Aldo Rebelo

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Aldo Rebelo
Rebelo in 2015
Chief of Staff to the Governor of São Paulo
In office
22 August 2018 – 31 December 2018
GovernorMárcio França
Preceded bySamuel Moreira
Succeeded byGilberto Kassab
Minister of Defence
In office
2 October 2015 – 12 May 2016
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byJaques Wagner
Succeeded byRaul Jungmann
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations
In office
1 January 2015 – 1 October 2015
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byClelio Campolina Diniz
Succeeded byCelso Pansera
Minister of Sports
In office
27 October 2011 – 31 December 2014
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byOrlando Silva
Succeeded byGeorge Hilton
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
28 September 2005 – 1 February 2007
Preceded bySeverino Cavalcanti
Succeeded byArlindo Chinaglia
Minister of Institutional Affairs
In office
23 January 2004 – 20 July 2005
PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJaques Wagner
Federal Deputy
In office
1 February 1991 – 1 February 2015
ConstituencySão Paulo
In office
1 January 1989 – 1 February 1991
ConstituencySão Paulo
Personal details
Born (1956-02-23) 23 February 1956 (age 67)
Viçosa, Alagoas, Brazil
Political partyPDT (2022–present)
Other political

José Aldo Rebelo Figueiredo (born 23 February 1956) is a Brazilian politician and a federal deputy elected by the state of São Paulo. He was President of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil from 2005 to 2007.[1]

With President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Venezuela and Vice President José Alencar undergoing medical tests in the United States, Rebelo became the first communist to assume the duties of acting president of Brazil on 12 November 2006. His brief period in office lapsed the next day upon Lula's return.[2]

He was the main author of a controversial project to change Brazil's Forest Code introduced in the 1960s. Those changes, lobbied by Brazilian farmers, aimed to extend the areas that can be legally deforested. Although President Rousseff vetoed some parts of the law drafted under Rebelo's leadership and finally passed in May 2012, critics such as the WWF saw the law as a catastrophe for the Amazon forest.[3][4]

Rebelo was the Minister of Sports from 27 October 2011 until 31 December 2014. He was the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation from 1 January 2015 to 1 October 2015.[5] He was the Minister of Defense in the cabinet of President Dilma Rousseff from 1 October 2015 to 12 May 2016, when he was replaced by the acting president Michel Temer.[6] He left the Communist Party in August, but then joined the Brazilian Socialist Party in September 2017.[7] On 12 April 2018, he left the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) for being against a possible candidacy of the former minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Joaquim Barbosa. Rebelo joined Solidariedade (SD) on the same day.[8] On 26 July 2018, Rebelo officially withdrew his candidacy after the party announced support for Geraldo Alckmin along with other parties in the political center, and the name of Rebelo himself as a running mate of Alckmin was also discarded.[9] On 18 August 2018, he took over as State Secretary of Chief of Staff on Márcio França's government (PSB), who became governor of São Paulo with Alckmin's resignation.[10] In December 2019, he left Solidariedade.[11] In August 2021, he launched himself as a presidential candidate again, besides not being affiliated with any party.[12] In March 2022, Rebelo joined the Democratic Labour Party (PDT).[13]

Football fan, is a declared fan of Palmeiras.[14]


  1. ^ "Presidentes da Câmara dos Deputados". Portal da Câmara dos Deputados.
  2. ^ International Herald Tribune, November 13, 2006. [1]
  3. ^ "Climate change skeptic takes reins of Brazil's science ministry". 2015-01-09.
  4. ^ "Aldo Rebelo: Bark or Bite?". 2015-01-07. Archived from the original on 2021-02-27. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ "Raul Jungmann (PPS), ministro da Defesa do governo Temer". Política (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  7. ^ Peron, Isadora (September 25, 2017). "Após 40 anos no PCdoB" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Aldo Rebelo fecha com Paulinho e disputará Presidência pelo Solidariedade". VEJA (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  9. ^ Moura, Athos (26 July 2018). "Aldo Rebelo retira candidatura e se diz à disposição de Alckmin". Lauro Jardim - O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  10. ^ "Aldo Rebelo é empossado como secretário chefe da Casa Civil paulista". Governo do Estado de São Paulo (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  11. ^ "Aldo Rebelo deixa o Solidariedade". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2019-12-08. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  12. ^ "Aldo Rebelo organiza cerimônia para se lançar candidato à Presidência". Metrópoles (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  13. ^ "Alagoano Aldo Rebelo se filia ao PDT e pode ser o vice de Ciro Gomes". Folha de Alagoas (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2022-04-01. Retrieved 2022-05-05.
  14. ^ (29 May 2012). "Palmeirense fanático, o ministro do Esporte revelou, durante homenagem entregue pelo clube, que não perde uma oportunidade de presentear autoridades estrangeiras com uma camisa do Verdão" (in Portuguese).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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Political offices
New office Minister of Institutional Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Chamber of Deputies
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Sports
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Clelio Campolina Diniz
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations
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Celso Pansera
Preceded by Minister of Defence
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