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Rousseff bets on mosquito hunt to regain popularity

February 11, 2016
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Dilma Rousseff

President Dilma Rousseff bets on the fight against the Zika virus and the microcephaly epidemic as a vaccine to contain the progress of Operation Car Wash investigations on former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In the opinion of Rousseff aides, the affected image of her predecessor hits the president directly and makes her more vulnerable to the impeachment that although asleep, it has not been buried. She will command the mega-operation scheduled for next Saturday, when 220,000 military officials will take the streets to battle the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (more…)


Corruption investigations draw closer to Lula

November 3, 2015

Federal Public Ministry prosecutors and the Federal Police are intensifying investigations of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his circle in at least six criminal fronts. A Criminal Investigative Procedure (PIC) opened in Brasília is looking into alleged influence peddling in favor of construction company Odebrecht. Operation Zelotes, in turn, investigates payments received by Mr. Lula\’s son, Luís Claudio, and the suspicion that former Chief of Staff Gilberto Carvalho acted on influence peddling and corruption with companies in the automotive sector. In Operation Car Wash, the investigations try to find out if a contract for drillship Vitoria 10000, contracted by Petrobras, would have been delivered to Schahin without a bidding process thanks to the mediation of agribusiness investor José Carlos Bumlai, a friend of Mr. Lula. In return, the Schahin bank would have settled a R$60 million debt of Mr. Lula\’s campaign in 2006. Operation Car Wash also investigates company payments to LILS, established by the former president for his lectures, and to the Lula Institute. 11/3/15

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Lula to Fight Poverty in Africa, Latin America After Office

August 31, 2010

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he plans to help African and Latin American countries fight poverty after he leaves office in January.

Lula said he plans use Brazil’s experience with social programs to help other countries find ways to build wealth. He pledged to share technology developed by Embrapa, Brazil’s agricultural research agency. (more…)

Can Brazil Save the World From War With Iran?

May 3, 2010

Sao Paulo — For the last several decades, fundamental international issues of war and peace have been largely determined by a small group of countries, especially the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the US, Britain, France, Russia and China, with some input from the other so-called G7 industrial democracies: Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council each have a veto over UN Security Council resolutions; they are also the only countries recognized as nuclear-weapon states under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

We are now at a new moment in international relations, in which countries outside of the permanent members of the Security Council and their handpicked allies are insisting on having some meaningful input into these issues, and are starting to have some success in pressing their case for inclusion. Brazil has been a leader in these efforts.

The most striking example of this shift is the recent willingness of Brazil and Turkey to challenge the leadership of the United States on the question of responding to Iran’s nuclear program. (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’s Nods to Iran Sow Brazil’s Growing Confusion With Chavez

March 15, 2010

March 15 (Bloomberg) — When Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defends Iran’s right to a nuclear program and makes plans to visit Tehran in May, he is following the path of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The similarities only go so far.

Chavez, who has visited Iran eight times, is supporting the Islamic Republic and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because he views the Iranian leader as a fellow “gladiator of the anti- imperialist battle” against the U.S.

Lula’s motivation is less ideological than strategic, say analysts in Brazil and the U.S. His policy is aimed at converting Brazil’s economic muscle into global clout by pushing “south-south” trade and political ties with developing countries, they say. Iran’s 74 million consumers make it an attractive market, and Lula’s resistance to Iran sanctions helps safeguard Brazil’s civilian nuclear program from outside interference.

“It’s not about embracing Iran,” said Matias Spektor, a Brazilian foreign policy expert and visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “Lula believes that international agreements like the nuclear non-proliferation treaty can’t be used selectively by great powers to punish weaker countries.” (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…)

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…)

Brazil’s Serra Better Suited to Address Challenges: JPMorgan

January 7, 2010

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — Sao Paulo state Governor Jose Serra, the likely opposition candidate in Brazil’s presidential election, is more likely to address the country’s long-term economic challenges, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said in a report published today.

“Much is at stake in terms of long-term planning for the country now that the stabilization phase is over and Brazil is entering what appears to be a solid growth phase,” JPMorgan said.

Cabinet chief Dilma Rousseff, the candidate favored by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, would likely boost the state’s “intervention” in the private sector, JPMorgan said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adriana Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro at

Last Updated: January 7, 2010 08:34 EST