Brazil’s Mining and Energy Minister Edison Lobao confirmed he will step down from his post.
Labao, who took up the role in 2008, has been associated with the $4billion (10 billion-reais) alleged money laundering scandal at state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA. His turn in office also saw him face soaring electric energy prices compound a debilitating drought.
Currently Brazil obtains most of its energy from hydroelectricity.
Lobao, from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, confirmed his exit at an event celebrating President Dilma Rousseff re-election.