News from Brazil

Government & Politics

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2010 at 11:45 am

ELECTIONS

Jose Serra formally became the presidential candidate of Brazil’s main opposition party, saying he would run a more ethical government at home and abroad than President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Reuters).

The former governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state, received his party’s nomination for president and vowed to grow the nation’s economy in a “sustainable way” if elected. Serra said the country must no longer be the nation with the highest interest rates in the world and the biggest tax burden among developing nations (Bloomberg).

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Brazilian foreign minister acknowledged that his country’s international trade may be affected as a result of its voting against sanctions on Iran at the UN Security Council. During a public hearing at the Chamber of Deputies, Celso Amorim also confirmed that Brazil will respect the decision of the Council (XINHUA).

DEFENCE

Steel cutting for Brazil’s first Scorpene submarine started during a ceremony at the Cherbourg facility of French shipbuilder, DCNS. Four conventionally powered Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) and a single nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) are to be built for the Brazilian Navy under its EUR 6.7 billion (USD 9.5 billion) submarine development programme (SBr) (Jane’s).

Airbus Military is in talks to sell eight military transport aircraft to Brazil’s air force. Brazil’s air force already has 12 C-295 aircraft (Bloomberg).

SECURITY

The Brazilian government is currently considering a range of options aimed at the slowing rapid growth in the country’s prison population, including the use of electronic surveillance as a means of freeing up space in dangerously overcrowded cells (The Rio Times).

CLOSED POLLS

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