Wednesday, November 28th 2012 - 21:14 UTC

Burdened by domestic problems Brazil’s Rousseff will be absent from Unasur summit

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has cancelled her attendance to the Union of South American Nations, Unasur summit in Peru on Friday because of “agenda problems” and previous “domestic engagements”, according to the Planalto press secretary office. Vice-president Michel Temer will be attending in her name.

Dilma faces a full agenda of controversial problems

The cancellation motive, according to congressional sources is linked to the fact that on Friday the president must decide whether to veto or sanction a controversial bill on the sharing of oil and gas revenue which modifies the current arrangement to benefit all states but the oil producing areas strongly reject.

The official news agency said the agenda problems refer to the fact that on Wednesday President Rousseff was in Argentina for an industrial and trade forum and on Saturday must be present in Sao Paulo for the drawing lots of the coming Football Confederation Cup, which will be a test for the 2014 World Cup. Besides, the president is involved in the arrangements for the Mercosur summit to be hosted in Brasilia on December 6/7.

President Rousseff also faces another major corruption scandal involving officials from the Lula da Silva administration that still hold posts in her government. Among those facing charges of ‘influence peddling’ are non else but the former personal assistant of Lula da Silva, the deputy chief of the airports reform and the deputy Attorney General.

On Friday Unasur presidents are scheduled to meet to analyze the advance of regional integration and to decide on Paraguay’s current suspension (until April 2013) and the possibility of partially lifting the sanction based on a report from Unasur special envoy who collected information on the current political and electoral situation of the country ahead of next year’s presidential election.

During the meeting in Lima, chaired by Peru, leaders will also discuss the Regional Peace, Security and Cooperation Protocol which is targeted to strengthen reciprocal confidence in bilateral and multilateral relations.

On Thursday Unasur Cabinet chief and Foreign Affairs ministers will receive the report from the High Level Group on the Paraguayan situation, which was compiled by former Peruvian Prime Minister Salomon Lerner during his recent in situ mission which took place four months after Fernando Lugo was removed from office by the Senate and replaced by Federico Franco.

Unasur and Mercosur considered the incident a rupture of the democratic process in spite of the fact that the Paraguayan Senate with an overwhelming majority strictly followed the country’s constitution. Nevertheless Paraguay was suspended from Unasur until the next presidential election, April 2013.

Lerner in Asuncion met with leaders from business, trade unions, NGO, human rights groups, student and political organizations, the Electoral Tribunal and members of Congress. He did however not meet officials from the president Franco administration, which did not extend him an invitation to the country.

Lerner said that Unasur objective is to legitimize a transparent democratic process so that Paraguay comes out as “a country that has kept to the democratic calendar with transparency and can accomplish a clean electoral process with full respect for civil and human rights”.

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1 TipsyThink (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
please Dilma ...

don't say us you have hipotalamic problems.
2 Pirate Love (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
UNASUR meeting.
No Chubby Chavez(Cancer)
No Rouseff (doing hair)

well there is her answer to her proposed unification against the rest of the world.

Even chubby decided to catch cancer again to avoid her begging!
Crustina do you feel isolated yet?
there there,i know your just misunderstood and complete bonkers.
3 LEPRecon (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 10:17 pm Report abuse
Dilma's stays at home so she doesn't have to listen to CFK crying, wailing, whining, and begging.

Maybe the rest of UNASUR will follow suit...
4 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 12:36 am Report abuse
This has nothing to do with Cristina, who will receive support whether all the other leaders are there or not, Dilma has to stay home to put her on house in order, which I'm sure she'll do brilliantly, as always...
5 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 07:45 am Report abuse
@04 BK

CFK cannot attend anyway, a coup might erupt while she is away.

Perhaps the Peruvians are hosting this in Lima so that the group does not have to listen to CFK?
6 ChrisR (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 11:04 am Report abuse
TMBOA is supposed to have lower back pains, she should kneel on a cushion the next time FatBoy wants a blow job.
7 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
I think the slap in the face and kick in the back when she fell to her knees from Dilma was why her back hurts. She was told to be good little
8 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
#6 Disgusting

#7 There was no smackdown from Dilma, who was too busy (not even ill, just said she couldn't justify leaving the country for it!) for the summit, but made time to visit Argentina and talk about deepening links =)
9 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:09 am Report abuse
Being told she was uncomfortable with argentina taking of contempting a US Court order and to abandon the auto manufacturing industry and to go into farming......naw, that was not a smack down for a women who embarrasses herself on the world stage on large are right, I stand corrected.

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