News from Brazil

Politics & Government

In Brazil on August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

ELECTIONS

Presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff widened her lead to 11 percentage points over opposition candidate Jose Serra, putting her in position to win in the first round of the October election, according to an Ibope poll published by the TV Globo network (Bloomberg).

According to recent opinion polls, Dilma Rousseff, the candidate of the PT, Workers’ Party, now appears closer than ever to becoming Brazil’s next president. In the first of three profiles of the leading contenders, The Rio Times looks at her path from imprisoned political activist to the very cusp of the presidency.

The Green Party’s candidate to the Brazilian Presidency, Senator Marina Silva, defended her idea of creating an indicator to measure companies’ carbon emissions (Xinhua).

Brazil’s comedians and satirists have been banned from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation’s presidential election in October (Telegraph). Got some funny cartoons, anybody?

Brazil held its first online presidential debate, which gathered the three front-runners in the presidential campaign (Xinhua).

Brazil’s presidential candidates have taken to the airwaves with the start of daily broadcasts for the 3 October presidential and general elections (BBC).

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POLITICS

President Lula has transformed Brazil’s state development bank into a key engine of economic growth since his re-election in 2006. Yet Lula’s policy of pushing the bank’s involvement into so many areas of Brazilian life now threatens the momentum of the world’s eighth-largest economy. Read the opinion of Alexandre Marinis at Bloomberg.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Latin Americans think of Brazilians a bit like the rest of the world thinks of Americans: loud, flashy and rich. This is as it should be, because a strong argument can be made that Brazil actually is the United States—just disguised beneath a Carmen-Miranda-style fruit hat (The Economist).

Brazilian representatives introduced to Nigerian officials initiatives to combat desertification in the African country at the second International Conference on Semi-Arid Regions (Xinhua).

LAW ENFORCEMENT

A Brazilian court has upheld a fine of nearly $3m (£1.93m) on a company accused of keeping people as slave labourers on its ranches for years (BBC).

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

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