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First Brazilian presidential candidates’ debate will be on internet

Friday, July 16th 2010 - 03:29 UTC
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Opposition presidential candidate Jose Serra Opposition presidential candidate Jose Serra

The first debate between Brazilian presidential candidates will be done exclusively for Internet, with the backup organization of the country’s four most important portals which make up an estimated 95% of internet users.

The debate is scheduled for July 26th in Sao Paulo and will be transmitted live by IG, MSN, Terra and Yahoo.

“This is the first great debate of the 2010 electoral campaign and also the first time Brazilian presidential candidates will be doing so in internet” said the organizers of this first experience at

“The debate will be made up of four blocks in which the candidates will answer respectively questions from the other candidates, internauts, journalists and users of Twitter”, explained the organizers.

Candidates invited to the debate are those who have registered over 5% of vote intention according to the June public opinion poll from Ibope.

They are incumbent Dilma Rousseff (Workers Party); Jose Serra (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) and Marina Silva from the Greens.

The campaign for the October 3 vote was officially launched last July 6 in the streets and internet, while on August 17 begins radio and television ads.

In related news former Sao Paulo governor and presidential candidate Serra joined the world soccer organization FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation in expressing concern over the government delays in preparing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

“The Cup is delayed in all Brazil”, said Serra.

FIFA warned about Brazil’s lack of sufficient infrastructure for the great world event.

“Brazil needs to do a lot in stadiums, airports, communications and hotels”, said Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general. “Airports are our main concern”. “Our airports are on the verge of collapse, Things are not running”, said Serra adding that President Lula da Silva “should talk less and do more”.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Forgetit87

    That Serra points problems in Brazil's alleged delayed investments for the Cup infrastructure, only goes to show this man has a large mouth and a hypocritical character. Morumbi - the greatest soccer stadium in the state he himself governed, São Paulo - will not be part of the Cup, and that is his fault only. He refused to invest in the stadium, foolishly believing private investments would fill all the holes in modernizing Morumbi. So who is he to demand the federal government do what he himself failed in providing just before?

    Serra, with his neoliberal mindset, has a great problem in accepting that sometimes the state should take money from its own pocket to supply for certain services. During his regime in São Paulo, security and public education lacked funding. And that resulted in strikes led by teacher and police unions.

    There is, however, one sort of public investment that didn't lack funding - publicity. Now that is presidential election year, the São Paulo government has incresed multifold, as compared to the previous years, the value spent in advertising projects it has alleged carried out statewide. A clear case of Serra using public funds for personal promotion - something which he ironically accuses Lula of doing.

    Jul 16th, 2010 - 07:13 am 0
  • Think

    Think is back!
    As some of you maybe noticed, I have been gone for some days………
    My account was closed, under false pretences, by some overzealous employees that thought it was shrewd to silence a dissident voice..................

    Fortunately, after a very positive mail exchange and a telephonic conversation with the Editor of MercoPress (-: a pleasure to have made your acquaintance Mr. G. M. :-) my account has been restored with all honours and privileges.........

    My respect for this News Agency has grown considerably after their internal handling of my “exclusion”, even if we evidently stand on opposite sides of the political spectre.
    They definitely provide a valuable source of information on interesting subjects from an underreported region of our planet.........

    About this specific article:
    Happily, Mr. Sierra seems to be well behind in the opinion polls.
    People of Brazil will decide.......
    This internet debate will, if managed correctly, be of big value for the Partido dos Trabalhadores.

    Jul 16th, 2010 - 07:38 am 0
  • Forgetit87


    Great to see you back.

    As for the debate, yesternight there was a televisioned debate between the presidents of the two rival parties, the PT and the PSDB. I know that my opinion is not a neutral one, but I sincerely believe Dutra (president of PT) overwhelmed his PSDB counterpart (Guerra).

    The interviewers were virtually begging Guerra that he finally say what would change if Serra is to come into office. And he never answers clearly, he always changes subject in order to insult Lula and Rousseff. But that is not likely to impress the Brazilian electorate. Vargas, Kubitschek and now Lula were often treated by their opponents as thugs. But to no avail. These three men are the most popular leaders in this country's history.

    Jul 16th, 2010 - 12:32 pm 0
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