Archive for September, 2010

Scandals dominate Brazil campaign as vote nears

September 14, 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The tone of Brazil’s presidential race has lurched lower and is likely to stay there as scandal accusations and increasingly bitter exchanges between the two main candidates drown out policy debate.

Trailing badly in the polls, opposition contender Jose Serra has honed in on ethics charges against front-runner Dilma Rousseff and her political party as his best bet of avoiding a humiliating knockout in the first round of voting on October 3. (more…)


Serra Seeks `Life Jacket’ in Brazil Tax Scandal to Stop Rousseff Landslide

September 9, 2010
Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jose Serra

Brazilian presidential candidate Jose Serra for the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB). Photographer: Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian presidential candidate Jose Serra, trying to prevent a landslide defeat in next month’s election, is accusing his opponent’s party of using dirty tricks to gather private tax records of his supporters and family.

Serra, speaking to reporters in Sao Paulo yesterday, said the alleged breaking of bank secrecy laws by allies of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva resembled the “work of a gang.” He said the “crime” aimed to boost the candidacy of Lula’s hand- picked successor, Dilma Rousseff, and violated the constitution. (more…)