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Politics & Government

In Brazil on September 24, 2010 at 9:23 am


Dilma Rousseff commands 49 percent support among voters against 28 percent for opposition candidate Jose Serra, the Datafolha poll broadcast by TV Globo showed (Reuters).

Dilma Rousseff denied any knowledge of the alleged influence-peddling scheme involving her successor in the chief of staff position, Erenice Guerra (Xinhua).

In an interview with Reuters, the woman who is almost certain to be elected Brazil’s president in October flatly dismissed the need for big budget cuts or changes to some of the world’s most restrictive labor laws. Asked if it was possible for Brazil to keep growing at a 7 percent annual pace without such reforms, Rousseff shook her head, smiled, and interrupted the question (Read on at Reuters).

While the mainstream media focuses on a presidential run which is probably already defined, with President Lula da Silva’s choice Dilma Rousseff way ahead of her opponents in the polls, the “wacky race” for Congress dominates Brazil’s blogosphere and social network websites. Clown Tiririca and dozens of figures from Brazilian sport and showbusiness C-list are fighting for one of the Chamber’s 513 seats (BBC).

No less than 54 positions for the Brazilian Senate are under dispute in the 2010 elections, being two for each state, and 26 senators at the end of their mandates are candidates to reelection. Besides, 13 parliamentarians will try to be elected as state governors, six seek a position as federal deputies, and two intend to be state deputies. One senator is candidate to the Presidency (Senado Federal).

Dilma Rousseff is expected to choose familiar names for her first cabinet if, as expected, she wins the Oct. 3 presidential election. Read who at Reuters.


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Brazil’s foreign minister says his country has offered to help Cuba develop small and medium businesses as part of a drive for economic growth (BBC).

The Mercosul Parliament (Parlasul) decided to recommend to the Common Market Council (CMC) the creation of a development agency to assist the member countries’ governments with the elaboration of projects to be financed with resources from the Structural Convergence Fund (Focem) (Senado Federal).

Brazilian intellectuals and Brazilian governments for a long time only had eyes for Europe and the United States, except for a strong interest in the Río de la Plata. When the United States, and by extension the rest of the world, began to regard and treat Brazil as part of ‘ Latin America’, they still did not think of Brazil as an integral part of the region. Since the end of the Cold War, however, Brazil has for the first time pursued a policy of engagement with its neighbours – in South America. Read the full article by Leslie Bethell at the Brazil Institute.


Brazil has long been an enthusiastic peacekeeper, sending troops to half the 60 or so UN operations since 1948. But in the past few years, peacekeeping has become a more important component of Brazil’s foreign policy, while also playing a role back home. It has served as a way for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president since 2003, to boost his country’s standing in the world (The Economist).

Since 1999 the Ukrainian National Space Agency (NSAU) in cooperation with Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) has conducted activities to implement a joint project on creating the Cyclone-4 missile system at the Brazilian subequatorial Alcantara Launch Center. The first launch is scheduled for 2012 (Ukraine State Radio)

France will propose a package of ocean patrol vessels (OPVs), frigates and an auxiliary refueling tanker in competition with Britain and Italy in response to Brazil’s modernization of its surface fleet, the international director for the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office said (Defensenews).

Brazil’s signing of a new strategic cooperation accord with Britain – adding to a pile of similar deals with other European countries and the U.S. – has underlined its ambition to become Latin America’s pre-eminent military power. A key change in the way Brazil was buying its war machinery, though, was the demand that technology be transferred in each deal (Defensenews).

Artist impresion of the Embraer KC-390 (source: Embraer).

Embraer announced discussions on partnering with the Czech government in the KC-390 program, which could lead to the acquisition of two planes by that country (Embraer).

The United Arab Emirates is the latest nation targeted by Brazil to join Embraer’s KC-390 tanker/transport programme as a supplier and customer (Flightglobal).


After two serious carjackings in less than 24 hours in the city, motorists are once more on the alert against one of Rio’s most prevalent means of theft (The Rio Times).


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