Brazilian sports minister resigns months before Rio Olympics

George Hilton

Brazil’s sports minister, George Hilton has resigned four months before the country hosts the Olympics, amid continuing uncertainty over the fate of six other cabinet ministers.

The office of embattled president Dilma Rousseff office announced late on Wednesday that George Hilton had asked to leave the position and would be temporarily replaced by a top ministry official.

Hilton’s departure is unlikely to have much of an effect on preparations for the 5-21 August Olympics as his role in the project was marginal. He had been sports minister for just over a year.

The announcement capped weeks of confusion about whether he would stay on as minister. Hilton left his party after it pulled out of Rousseff’s fragile governing coalition this month, in an apparent bid to hold onto his job.

But a top Rousseff aide said last week that Hilton would resign, although his ministry declined to confirm it at the time.

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