Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

Run-off features highly contrasting approaches to the economy   

October 12, 2018

Political scientists love elections pitting one clear-cut alternative against another. In Brazil’s looming presidential run off they have been granted their wish, at least when it comes to the rhetoric. Hard-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, free marketeer favoring massive privatizations, goes up against leftist welfare state proponent Fernando Haddad. (more…)


Business interests still making politics despite donation ban

September 13, 2018

Business owners and trade groups are still mobilizing to elect their chosen politicians despite the ban on private-sector donations, according to lawmakers, lobbyists and campaign workers. (more…)

Rousseff and Neves diverge on solutions to get economy back on track

October 6, 2014

The two candidates that will compete for the presidency in the second round don’t converge in their diagnosis of the ills of the economy. For re-election candidate President Dilma Rousseff (Workers’ Party, PT), the main problem that undermined the country’s growth, leading it to the recession, was the rich countries’ economic fragility. She has recently stated that the government did not need to promote a “deep” fiscal adjustment and believed that Brazil is ready for a new development cycle.

To Aécio Neves (Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB) in contrast, the country is condemned to mediocre growth, high inflation and at the brink of a fiscal crisis, unable to move forward in the improvement of economic and social indicators in the medium term, if nothing is done immediately.  (more…)

Os bastidores do Caso Meirelles

April 7, 2010

April 7 (Bloomberg) — Brazilian central bank President Henrique Meirelles may leave his post before President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva finishes his term in December, Valor Economico reported, without saying how it got the information.

Meirelles has no interest in remaining at the central bank if Dilma Rousseff, Lula’s former cabinet chief and chosen heir, is elected in October, according to the Sao Paulo-based newspaper. Meirelles is willing to serve in another position in a Rousseff administration, the newspaper said.

Officials at the central bank in Brasilia weren’t available when Bloomberg News called for comment before regular business hours today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Camila Fontana in Sao Paulo at

Last Updated: April 7, 2010 06:47 EDT

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(Valor Online) Fora da disputa político-eleitoral, Henrique Meirelles pode deixar a presidência do Banco Central (BC) antes de 31 de dezembro, último dia do mandato do presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Isso pode ocorrer depois de concluído o esperado ciclo de aperto monetário ou antes da eleição de 3 de outubro. Em seu lugar, deverá assumir o atual diretor de Normas do BC, Alexandre Tombini, com chances de permanecer no cargo, caso Dilma Rousseff chegue à Presidência da República.

Tendo optado por ficar no BC, Meirelles tem uma última missão a cumprir: o controle da inflação e das expectativas inflacionárias, que estão se deteriorando perigosamente. Seu plano original era deixar a tarefa para o sucessor e aventurar-se no mundo da política. As circunstâncias não lhe permitiram. (more…)

Lula Is ‘Unbeatable’ in Brazil, Not Rousseff, Cardoso Says

March 3, 2010

March 3 (Bloomberg) — Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who twice defeated President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the 1990s, said that while Lula is “unbeatable” today, his popularity won’t be enough to elect his chosen heir.

Dilma Rousseff, the candidate of Lula’s Workers’ Party, will have to rely on her own performance to beat opposition contender Jose Serra, 67, Cardoso said. In Brazil, voters choose their president on a candidate’s character and personality, not the party or who supports them, Cardoso said.

“If Lula were competing no one would be able to defeat him because he has a very strong link with the population,” Cardoso, who like Serra belongs to the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, said in an interview yesterday in Sao Paulo. “Dilma has no leadership, she has no contact with Congress.” (more…)

Brazil scandal could hurt opposition in election

February 23, 2010
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* 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…)

Brazil’s Rousseff eyeing familiar economic team

January 7, 2010

*Presidential hopeful seen choosing familiar economic team

*Rousseff choices likely to reassure markets

*Policy to show continuity; may see greater state role

By Natuza Nery

BRASILIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Dilma Rousseff is expected to assemble an economic team that is reassuringly familiar to investors if she is elected Brazil’s president in October but which may place greater emphasis on an expansive state role.

Rousseff, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s chief of staff, is widely expected to be confirmed as the center-left Workers’ Party’s presidential candidate in February. Although trailing in opinion polls, she is expected to narrow the gap on likely opposition candidate Jose Serra, the governor of Sao Paulo state, once campaigning gets under way.

According to several high-ranking government sources, including three government ministers, the former leftist activist plans to retain several key economic policymakers from Lula’s government, which has been credited with steering Brazil through the global economic crisis.

Among those she regards highly and sees as potential members of her cabinet are current Finance Minister Guido Mantega, one of Lula’s closest confidants; the president of state development bank BNDES Luciano Coutinho; and oil giant Petrobras’s chief executive Jose Sergio Gabrielli. (more…)