Brazil

Brazil
Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 07:07 UTC

Depressed Brazilian economy becomes focus of presidential campaign

Brazil's central bank autonomy and independence has been questioned by the opposition

With less than two months to the crucial 5 October presidential election, Brazil's Central Bank continued to battle economic turmoil increasing the credit available for commercial loans in the hope of boosting the country’s stagnant growth figures.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Environmentalist Marina presidential candidate but with a pro-agribusiness in the ticket

 Silva, a rubber tapper in her youth who was illiterate until adolescence, appeals mostly to young voters disgusted with Brazil's political establishment.

Environmentalist Marina Silva officially has launched a bid for president, upending Brazil's October 5 elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12-year hold on power. So far a vice-presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, Marina accepted the nomination to top the ticket after candidate Eduardo Campos, a former governor and rising political star, was killed in a plane crash last week.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 09:50 UTC

Dilma admits many problems plague Brazil but refuses to talk about corruption in her party

“We have had and still have many problems and challenges to take on in health care,” Rousseff said during the broadcast from the Alvorada Palace

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged “many problems and challenges” still plague the country's woeful heath system but defended her record on the economy and education on a live 15-minute interview on the Globo television network's nightly news.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 22:55 UTC

Marina exposes Dilma's 'soft belly': polls shows she could beat the president in a run-off

 According to the DataFolha poll, Marina has 21% support ahead of Neves

Environmentalist Marina Silva could unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's presidential elections in October, a public opinion poll revealed on Monday, reflecting an altered political landscape since Silva's running mate was killed in a plane crash last week.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Brazil: Marina Silva still unconfirmed, rattles chances of Rousseff and Neves

Silva’s candidacy, along with the name of her running mate, is expected to be announced after a party meeting scheduled for August 20, he said.

The Brazilian Socialist Party plans to launch environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, a senior party official said over the weekend.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:59 UTC

Brazil on the ledge of recession as activity drops sharply in June

World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country

Economic activity in Brazil dropped sharply in June as the World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country, adding to signs Latin America's largest economy slipped into recession.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:49 UTC

Plenty of generic Viagra in Brazilian pharmacies as patent expires

Carlos Sanchez has turned EMS Participacoes SA into a pharmaceutical company with revenue of two billion Reais

The day after Pfizer Inc’s patent for Viagra expired in Brazil, Carlos Sanchez flooded pharmacies with his generic erectile dysfunction pills. It was a day his army of lawyers, researchers and marketers had been preparing for more than three years, even winning a bid to move up the patent’s expiration date.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:21 UTC

Last minute decision saved Marina Silva from travelling with Campos

Marina's conservationist advocacy has earned the wrath of Brazil’s agribusiness, but she also appeals to conservative voters with her defense of family values

Environmental activist and politician Marina Silva could have been on the plane that crashed on Wednesday and killed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six other occupants.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 22:01 UTC

Campos' successor, Marina Silva represents a stronger challenger for Dilma

From a very poor family of rubber tappers, Marina has been lawmaker, minister and in the 2010 election surprised when she captured 19.5% of the vote

The deceased Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, 49, was a former governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco and belongs to a traditional family from the Brazilian political establishment.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 21:58 UTC

Brazilian presidential candidate dies in air crash; three days national mourning

”All of Brazil is in mourning. We lost a great Brazilian today, Eduardo Campos.(Pic)  We lost a great comrade,” Dilma Rousseff said in a statement

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October elections, died Wednesday when his campaign jet crashed in the city of Santos, killing all seven people aboard.

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