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Gil leaves culture post

August 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

Gilberto Gil has stepped down as Brazilian culture minister, saying he wants to dedicate more time to his music and his family.

The Grammy-winning musician, who revolutionized Brazilian music in the 1960s as a founder of the Tropicalism movement, had been culture minister since 2003, when President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva started his first term in office.

Gil, 66, tried to step down twice before, but Silva had persuaded him to stay. This week the president accepted his resignation.

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