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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on June 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

POLITICS

The Brazilian president’s chief of staff Antonio Palocci has resigned over corruption allegations. Mr Palocci, who ran a political consultancy while serving in the Brazilian Congress, has denied any wrongdoing (BBC).

Chief of Staff Palocci’s departure, less than six months into her government, is a setback for Ms Rousseff. By swiftly dumping him she has tried to limit the damage. Her choice of Gleisi Hoffmann, a newly elected senator for the ruling Workers’ Party (PT), as her new chief of staff is a bold, but risky, attempt to recover the political initiative (The Economist).

The resignation of the top adviser to President Dilma Rousseff under scandal-clouded circumstances has called into question the strength of her government and her own political judgment just six months after she took over (New York Times).

“It is always distressing to fire colleagues. I had to do it several times, but Dilma has the authority to do so and acted at the right timing” former president Lula da Silva said referring to Antonio Palocci’s defenestration. About the newly appointed Palocci’s substitute, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Lula da Silva limited to say that “It’s fine; if she was picked by Dilma” (MercoPress).

Antonio Palocci will now be taking a seat at Petrobras Administration Council, confirmed Brazil’s oil giant president Sergio Gabrielli (MercoPress).

President Dilma Rousseff may lose her second Cabinet member in a week, two government sources told Reuters, as she seeks to improve ties with allies and secure support in Congress. Luiz Sergio, her liaison with Congress, is expected to tender his resignation on Friday (Reuters).

The Conversion Bill 13/10, a substitute for the provisional measure (PM) 517/10, which grants fiscal incentive to many sectors of Brazilian economy, was approved by the Senate. Among the articles, two of them establish the Special Regime of Incentives to Nuclear Plants’ Development (Renuclear). According to those rules, the entitled company will be able to buy, in internal market or by means of imports, machines, equipment, new instruments or building material for use or in infrastructure works for energy generation, paying neither tax over industrial products nor tax over imported products (Federal Senate).

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INTERNATIONAL

The Senate approved the Agreement on Cross-Border Regions, celebrated by Brazil and Argentina on November 30th 2005. The agreement allows Brazilians and Argentineans who live in cities around the border between the two countries to attend school classes and go to hospitals on both sides. The text also establishes that those who live in cities located on the border will have the right to a “border special card” (Federal Senate).

Italy says it will go to the International Court of Justice in The Hague ito contest Brazil’s decision not to extradite an Italian fugitive (BBC).

Peruvian president-elect Ollanta Humala was received with “a wide offer of cooperation in all fields” in Brazil, the first stop in his regional-visits round following his Sunday victory (MercoPress).

At the meeting at the Planalto Palace, in Brasília Dilma and Venezuela President Chavez signed ten partnership memoranda. The agreements involve a commitment letter to supply naphtha and derivatives, cooperation in technical regulations and standards, and a partnership to set up a diagnostic center for seed production in Venezuela. The two Presidents also established partnership sin social and environmental sustainability in Sucre and Orinoco, in Venezuela, as well as a temporary work extension agreement, advising on the development of production chains, and the terms of scientific cooperation in biotechnology. Chavez and Dilma also signed agreements on the productive integration of machinery and equipment, the monitoring of trade and a partnership to eradicate foot and mouth disease in Venezuela (Portal Brasil).

President Dilma Rousseff announced the creation of a national commission and a national organizing committee for a United Nations (UN) Conference: Rio +20. Rousseff said the national commission will work together with different groups at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 (Xinhua).

The number of Chinese language learners in Brasilia’s Confucius Institute almost doubled from 2010 to 2011, Director of the Institute Chen Jiaying said. About 100 students now study at the institute, up from 60 last year when the Chinese government-sponsored language institute was officially inaugurated in March (Xinhua).

DEFENSE & SECURITY

Embraer’s sale of eight of its versatile Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprops to the Indonesian Air Force is now in effect. The Company was declared the winner of a bidding competition held by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, in November 2010. Since then, several administrative phases have been completed, culminating in the finished contract, which includes ground support stations and an integrated logistics package. Deliveries begin in 2012 (Embraer).

The Brazilian government launched this week a Strategic Plan for Border Security. The initiative provides for integrated operations between the Armed Forces and federal law enforcement agencies in border areas to prevent and suppress transnational crimes. The plan includes the participation of 11 state governments and 112 municipalities, as well as the support of neighbouring countries (Portal Brasil).

HEALTH

Why Brazil’s response to AIDS worked. Read on at CNN.

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