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Politics & Government

In Brazil on September 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

ELECTIONS

Brazil’s struggling opposition candidate has gone on the attack against election front-runner Dilma Rousseff, accusing her of involvement in a brewing scandal over illegal access to banking details (Reuters).

In the last of the three profiles of the leading presidential candidates, The Rio Times looks into the life and achievements of Marina Silva of the Green Party.

There are nine candidates for president; 155 for state governor; 220 for senator; 5,147 for federal deputy; 12,525 for state deputy; and 814 for district deputy, besides senator substitutes and candidates for vice-president and vice-governors (Senado).

Presidential front-runner Dilma Rousseff said she will not tighten fiscal policy, in her strongest comments to date on how she would sort out public accounts if elected. “I will not implement fiscal adjustment under any circumstance for one reason: Brazil does not need it,” Rousseff told reporters in Sao Paulo (Reuters).

Carlos Ayres Britto, vice president of the country’s Supreme Court,  suspended a rule banning TV and radio programs from poking fun at candidates in the country’s October 3 elections (Reuters).

POLITICS

September 7th is Brazil’s “Dia da Independência” (Independence Day), celebrating 188 years of sovereignty. Around the country mini-carnivals are held with flags, balloons, and streamers decorating the streets. People of all ages take part, and in the evening fireworks light up the Brazilian sky (The Rio Times).

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) has judged that the “Clean Record” Law, besides being applicable to this year’s election, will also affect candidates that were convicted before its enforcement (Senado).

On August 23rd the Diário Oficial da União published an order signed by President Lula, approving a formal Opinion (Parecer CGU/AGU No. 01/2008) issued by the government’s lawyers the A.G.U. (Advocacia-Geral da União), reinstating the validity of a law from 1971 which placed limits on the acquisition of rural land by Brazilian companies majority owned by foreigners (The Rio Times).

RISK

Heavy government spending, oil policies and the new balance of power in Congress after the presidential election are among the risks to watch in Brazil over the next year (Reuters).

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, may grant Brazil access to its oil and gas industry in return for the South American country’s participation in two hydropower projects, the Nigerian vice president said (Bloomberg).

Brazil and Colombia signed cooperation agreements to strengthen overall unity and regional stability during Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’s first official visit to Brazil (Xinhua).

DEFENCE

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) will deliver the first three of 18 GDELS-Mowag Piranha IIIC 8×8 armoured vehicles to the Brazilian Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais – CFN) in September. Final deliveries of the fully amphibious 18.5-tonne vehicles are scheduled for December 2014 (Jane’s).

Embraer signed a letter of intent with the Colombian government to help develop a military transport plane, following similar deals with the Brazilian and Chilean airforces (Reuters).

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Brazilian police have arrested almost the entire local council in the southern city of Dourados, leaving an unprecedented power vacuum (BBC).

Spanish police say they have broken up a sex trafficking ring which brought mostly young Brazilian men to Spain to work as prostitutes (BBC).

SOCIAL

Fat girls on Ipanema? Brazilians’ waistlines are bulging, belying the country’s image as a place of buff sun worshipers and lithe soccer players (Reuters).

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