Musician Gil gives up political post

July 31, 2008 at 1:05 PM

SAO PAULO, July 31 (UPI) -- Gilberto Gil, Brazil's Minister of Culture, has announced he is giving up his political post to concentrate on his music career.

The BBC quoted the 66-year-old singer, composer and guitarist as saying he was having trouble juggling two such demanding careers. He also reportedly said his frequent speaking engagements are affecting his singing ability.

Gil, who has been culture minister since 2003, said his executive secretary, Juca Ferreira, would take over from him.

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