Brazilian cabinet chief Dilma Rousseff, (62) hand picked by President Lula da Silva as the ruling coalition’s candidate for next October presidential election, finally openly admitted that “yes” she would love to be nominated as the popular leader’s “successor”.
“I would like very much to be nominated to succeed Lula da Silva” said Rousseff following a ceremony last week in Minas Gerais where she met with journalists, according to press reports from Belo Horizonte.
This means the end of Rousseff’s silence in spite of the fact she had been long considered the Workers Party nominee chosen by President Lula da Silva. The party is scheduled to elect its candidate during a national convention in February.
Lula da Silva in the last year of his second consecutive mandate is barred from re-re-election has openly sponsored that he would like very much for the party to nominate Rousseff as the candidate, she has never expressed openly such willingness.
One of the reasons for the “Rousseff-numb” campaign is the strict Brazilian electoral legislation on deadlines. The opposition has already presented several official complaints against Lula da Silva and Rousseff for anticipated “campaigning”.
However when she was asked about her running mate in the ticket, a most controversial issue, since Lula da Silva wants to ensure the support of the Brazilian democratic movement party, PMDB, (with the largest number of seats in the Lower House and the Senate) she was quick to point out “I’m still not the candidate”.
Meantime President Lula da Silva is recovering from a high blood pressure peak last week and should be resuming his full agenda on Monday.
“My health is perfect” said the president on Saturday following a medical check up at the prestigious Sao Paulo Heart Institute.
He will need a strong heart because this month he must convince his party to nominate Rousseff as presidential candidate and later negotiate her running mate. Three names are mentioned: the president of the Lower House, Michel Temer; Communications minister Helio Costa and the head of the Central Bank Henrique Meirelles, all of them members from PMDB.
But it’s also obvious that the main impulse for the ruling coalition’s campaign will be the president and his impressive standing popular support, above 80%.