Marta Suplicy, former mayor of the city of São Paulo, was appointed as the new Minister of Culture of Brazil replacing Ana Buarque de Holanda, who served since the beginning of president Dilma’s term.
Although the Ministry has one of the lowest budgets in the government: for 2013 it has a planned budget of just US$150 million. Ms Suplicy, who is seen as an influential member of the Senate, is expected to bring new energy to the Ministry and the appointment is being viewed as a positive change.
The Brazilian National Library, which is responsible for all the book policies in the country, is part of the Ministry of Culture. No further personnel or policy changes are expected to take place in the short term.