President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has affirmed that current Finance minister Guido Mantega will not carry on in his post should the Workers' Party (PT) candidate win a second term as head of state in October's presidential elections.
According to Rousseff, who announced the future change in her economic team in an interview with Estado de Sao Paulo's daily, Mantega will opt to leave the post in October for eminently personal reasons.
Guido has already told me that he cannot stay in the government for a second term due to personal reasons, which I ask you to respect, she underlined.
The politician has been in the Finance Ministry since 2006, when he assumed during ex-president Lula da Silva's second term in office. But the 65-year-old has been the focus of fierce criticism recently, with Brazil's economic slowdown and an inflation level of 6.5% losing Mantega popularity.
Rousseff, meanwhile, faces a daunting battle against Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva, who looks set to be the head of state's most dangerous rival in October's polls.
According to recent opinion polls, Silva and Rousseff would tie a first round scheduled for October 5, with the former predicted to win by seven points in a theoretical run-off.