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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on July 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm


President Dilma Rousseff is quietly pushing oil giant Petrobras to lower natural gas prices, sources tell Reuters, a move that risks alienating investors already concerned about her growing activism in company affairs (Reuters).

The Committee on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship rejected the proposal to increase to five years the terms of the president of the Republic, state governors and mayors. Senators of the committee approved a substitute bill presented by the rapporteur, senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL), which keeps the four-year terms that are in force nowadays and foresees the same date for municipal, state, and federal elections as well as for the Federal District (Federal Senate).

Brazil highest magistrate, president of the Federal Tribunal (Supreme Court) Cezar Peluso said he was contrary to the disclosure of records from the recent military dictatorship (1964/1985) as was proposed by President Dilma Rousseff (MercoPress).


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The debate goes on about the IMF leadership race – which some critics say was one-sided. One of the 24 members of the IMF’s executive board is Paulo Nogueira Batista. He represents Brazil and eight other Latin American and Caribbean nations. In the run up to the contest he complained that Mexico’s Agustin Carstens didn’t have an equal chance, though in the end Brazil decided to support France’s Christine Lagarde (BBC).

Brazil will seek support from the Mercosur trade bloc for a plan allowing temporary increases in import tariffs for certain goods from outside the region, a Brazilian official said (Bloomberg).

Foreign Affairs ministers from Brazil and Japan announced that over 100 nations have expressed support for a proposal to expand the United Nations Security Council (MercoPress).

Brazil and China are heading for a battle of strategic necessity over copper in Africa that will leave the winner walking away with the most expensive acquisition of a diversified minerals company (Bloomberg).

The United Nations’ food agency, FAO, elected Brazil’s Jose Graziano da Silva as its Director General, the first new leader in almost two decades as the world faces near-record food prices that are driving millions into poverty (MercoPress).


Recent protests in Brazil are not just another legalise cannabis campaign, but are opening a public debate on the ‘war on drugs’ (The Guardian).

As the world community observed International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day, Brazil has been reported to become a big consumer of cocaine as well as a major drug intermediate (Xinhua).



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