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Brazil Politics & Government News

In Brazil on July 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

POLITICS

Brazil’s pioneering state-run health system needs reform if it is to achieve its constitutional mandate of guaranteeing high-quality care for all (The Economist).

New Transport Minister Passos has a significant task ahead of him in overhauling Brazil’s transport infrastructure to align it with the country’s economic growth. As a result of the dramatic increase in economic activity, the country’s aging highways system and inadequate ports and airports are now seriously over-stretched (The Rio Times).

President Dilma Rousseff’s crackdown on corruption will likely appeal to middle-class voters who are growing in political importance. It also risks undercutting the fiscal discipline needed to cool inflation by disrupting her coalition. The president’s move to clean house in a ministry whose budget rivals the size of Paraguay’s $18 billion economy, and is central to preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, has roiled members of her coalition (Bloomberg).

In ​​transport, almost 7 thousand km of highways are under construction, as well as 3.5 thousand kilometers of new railways, such as the North-South and the Transnortheastern Railway.  In the energy sector, large works such as Santo Antônio, Jirau and Belo Monte hydroelectric power plants are already underway. Only in the first half of 2011, 2 thousand MW were added to country’s power installed capacity (Portal Brasil).

HIGH SPEED

The government has “the obligation” to build a high-speed “bullet train” line that will link the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro after the public auction for the project failed earlier this month, President Dilma Rousseff said (Latin American Herald Tribune).

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INTERNATIONAL

Brazil is planning to set up its second scientific station in Antarctica and its first fully automatic data collecting module close to the Southern pole, revealed Jefferson Simoes coordinator of the country’s National Science and Technology Institute (MercoPress).

DEFENSE & SECURITY

Embraer Defense and Security made the announcement, today, that it has selected the V2500-E5 engine, manufactured by International Aero Engines AG (IAE), to equip the KC-390 military transport jet. “The selection of IAE’s V2500-E5 brings about the merger of a well-known and proven engine with a winning clean-sheet design military program. It is very important for us to finish the selection of our main suppliers and partners, in order to begin working with them in this new phase,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President, Embraer Defense and Security (Embraer).

SOCIAL

Most Brazilians feel that race and skin colour have great influence in labour relations and in the way they are treated by police and the judiciary, according to a report from the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE (MercoPress).

A Brazilian televangelist told his followers to embark on media ‘fast’. Bishop Edir Macedo’s request to refrain from television, radio or the web criticised as diversion tactic from bad press (The Guardian).

A majority of Brazilians don’t accept civil unions, according to a new survey conducted by Brazilian consulting company Ibope (Xinhua).

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