News from Brazil

Politics & Government

In Brazil on August 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

ELECTIONS

Dilma Rousseff clung to her lead over opposition candidate Jose Serra in the latest Ibope poll of voters, less than two months before the first round presidential election (Reuters).

There are important differences between Serra and Rousseff. Here are some of their positions on key issues and here are some political risks to watch.

BRAZIL WEEKLY EXPERT POLL

Who do you – Brazil expert – think will win the first round of the Presidential elections? Please disregard your personal preferences…

POLITICS

The Supreme Court is wrestling with one of the toughest dilemmas in politics:  absolute equality before the law or discrimination in favour of disadvantaged races? This is a surprise, for until recently Brazil liked to see itself as a true melting pot (The Economist).

The violence of the rhetoric about Brazil’s National Investment Bank reflects growing controversy over BNDES and over state interference in the economy (The Economist).

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The road to rock bottom for relations between Brazil and the United States, a dispute that now threatens business ties between the two Western Hemisphere economic giants, began in Brasilia in March (Reuters).

President Lula da Silva has used his stature to play peacemaker on Iran. Closer to home, he has shown little appetite for wielding his clout with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to repair a rupture with Colombia (Bloomberg).

DEFENCE

During the Farnborough airshow in late July, the Brazilian air force announced its intention to acquire 28 Embraer KC-390 twinjet tanker/transports. Embraer sees a global market of around 700 aircraft in the KC-390 class. The design is intended as a C-130 replacement in both tanker and transport roles (Aviation International News).

The Senate approved a bill of law sent by the Executive that changes the rules of organization, training and use of the Armed Forces, highlighting their subordination to the civil power. An amendment approved by the House of Representatives was responsible for the increase in the Armed Forces role in the borders (Senate website).

LAW ENFORCEMENT

The complaints received by the Center of Attention to Women in Brazil grew 112 percent between January and June this year when 343,000 calls were made, compared to the 161,000 calls in the same period last year, the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM) said (Xinhua).

CLOSED POLL

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