Archive for February, 2010

Brazil scandal could hurt opposition in election

February 23, 2010
Tue, Feb 23 2010

* Brasilia scandal taints right-wing party’s image

* Federal government may appoint district administrator

* Scandal may affect choice of opposition running mate

BRASILIA, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The acting governor of Brazil’s federal district resigned on Tuesday over a corruption scandal that has tarnished one of the main opposition parties and could affect the campaign of front-runner Jose Serra in this October’s presidential race.

The resignation of Paulo Octavio effectively leaves the federal district of the capital Brasilia without a government, making it likely that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will have to appoint an interim administrator.

The district’s governor, Jose Roberto Arruda, was jailed this month for interference with an investigation into a suspected racketeering scheme. (more…)


Rousseff Vows to Follow Lula’s Lead After Nomination

February 20, 2010

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Brazilian Cabinet Chief Dilma Rousseff, who was nominated today as the Workers’ Party presidential candidate, vowed to continue the work of current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva if elected.

“Today is an extraordinary day for me,” Rousseff told members of the party in Brasilia following her nomination. “The Workers’ Party, my party, gives me the honorable task of continuing the magnificent work of a great Brazilian, a great leader, my leader, President Lula.”

The PMDB party, part of Lula’s ruling coalition, will be allowed to choose Rousseff’s running mate, Lula said today. Lula, who is barred by the constitution from a third consecutive term, has been traveling with Rousseff, 62, in a bid to boost her candidacy. (more…)