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Petrobras' Board of Directors approved the appointment on Monday by seven votes for and three against.
Caio Mário Paes, who served as Secretary of Debureaucratization, Management and Digital Government at Brazil's Ministry of Economy, has been appointed the new director of the state-owned oil company, the fourth during Jair Bolsonaro's administration.
Paes, with no experience in the sector, was nominated by Bolsonaro to replace José Mauro Ferreira Coelho, who was also proposed by Bolsonaro and served as Petrobras director for almost two months.
Claiming that the newly designated director fails to meet the legal requirements to be appointed, oil unions have warned they will take the case to court.
The replacement occurs, as before, over Bolsonaro's disagreements with the Petrobras pricing policy for the sale of fuels in the domestic market.
Paes de Andrade é nomeado conselheiro e eleito presidente da Petrobras
O Conselho de Administração da Petrobras aprovou hoje (27) a nomeação de Caio Mário Paes de Andrade como novo conselheiro, elegendo-o em seguida para a presidência da estatal. pic.twitter.com/MEKXlnRY2U