Brazil: Cupid in the Cabinet

Cupid in the Cabinet

Love is blooming in Brazil, where private affairs can arouse public passions. Justice Minister Bernardo Cabral, 58, was forced to resign this month after the press revealed his romance with fellow Cabinet member Zelia Cardoso de Mello, the Economy Minister. Their relationship became common knowledge after Cabral, who is married, and Cardoso de Mello, who is single, openly danced cheek to cheek at her 37th birthday party. Cardoso de Mello's love life had become the subject of speculation after a reporter spotted an engagement ring on her finger.

Despite a poll that said 90% of Brazilians did not consider the affair...

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