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Brazil's speaker of the Lower House also wants to run for the presidency

Tuesday, March 13th 2018 - 09:20 UTC
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Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit. Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit.

The speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said he will run for the presidency with a market-friendly platform advocating tax cuts and more efficient public spending. Maia’s preliminary nomination by his centre-right Democrats party, the main ally to President Michel Temer, must be formalized at a convention in late July.

While his party is the sixth-largest in Congress, Maia, 48, ranks very low in early polling. With just 1% of voter intentions in a recent Datafolha survey, he is faring no better than Temer, Brazil’s most unpopular president on record.

Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit.

Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto, the head of Maia’s party, called for improved public spending to save public resources. “We will encourage economic production, not because we are slaves to the market, but because it is the best way to create wealth and help the welfare of those in need”.

On the left, former Ceará governor Ciro Gomes also announced his presidential bid for the PDT party.

Gomes and environmentalist Marina Silva are expected to receive some of the votes that would go to Brazil’s most popular politician, ex president Lula da Silva, who will likely be barred from running due to a corruption conviction that could also land him in prison.´

Not counting Lula, the early favorite among a wide open field of candidates is far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who advocates easing gun controls to fight rampant crime in Brazil.

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  • :o))

    Who DOESN'T want to be the President of Brazil?
    The ONLY hope is: “May the LEAST CROOKED win”!

    Mar 13th, 2018 - 12:57 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    A dozen candidates and hundreds of “unfulfillable” promises are what we hear every 4 years....The most “popular” candidates will be the ones that lie the most, promise the impossible and claim they'll spend Brazil out of the recession...then the people complain about what they get. If people can't separate the BS from what is plausible, or interpret the candidates' true intentions based on their political record, it's just going to be the blind voting in more scum.

    Need space to reply to you regarding the post “Prosecution wants Temer included in Odebrecht investigation”

    Mar 13th, 2018 - 07:07 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    (Cont of previous post - tks)
    Look at the nbr of attacks in Europe over the last 3 yrs, v. the US… think that sizes it up pretty well. Even if anti-terrorism legislation/technology’s similar, I’d say the US has been more successful. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…the dangers Bzl faced in ‘63, and today’s terrorist attacks bear little resemblance.
    Regardless of yr belief that the military didn’t have majority “support”, they were sufficiently satisfied to NOT be inclined to fight…give me a ‘bit’ of credit, I was there, I know what the general mood was…maybe not brimming with happiness, but thankful law & order had been restored, and prepared to respect it. The feelings of the radical few were not shared by the 150 million.
    The poor were definitely less informed than today, and probably had little idea of what was going on, or even felt ‘change’. The AI-5 “was” definitely created to fight the revolutionaries …d’you think the military needed a law to legitimize the take over ?
    The will of the majority transformed eventually in to the desire for free elections, and only became apparent in the early 80’s…to the point that Figueiredo (last military president) actually signalled the return of power to the civilians.
    “Sure they put up with the military and were probably happy about whatever development happened, but when they had a choice they elected very different people”…
    We know that even today, the population is not highly educated, nor particularly “well”-informed, so imagine back then…it was obviously far easier to manipulate them, given the comparative lack of communication. Most Brazilians were led to believe Lula would be their savior, but look how things turned out…the people in the sh*t ‘n Lula closer to prison. Think Dilma might be able to run as she didn’t finish her 2nd term.

    Today, by what I've seen, Alckmin is probably a reasonable candidate ; the rest, AFAIC, are populists and /or opportunists. But let's see who else appears.

    Mar 13th, 2018 - 10:45 pm +1
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