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Rousseff brushes aside a ‘Lula option for 2014’ and ratifies minister Mantega

Monday, July 29th 2013 - 06:12 UTC
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Responding to claims that former president Lula da Silva ‘is returning to politics’ and thus conditioning her re-election bid next year, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said the former trade union leader ‘never left politics’ and their relation ‘can’t be dissociated’. She also ratified Finance minister Guido Mantega. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    “the president strongly ratified Finance minister Mantega: “Guido is where he has always been at the Finance ministry,”

    Oh dear!

    I think Dilma has just consigned Brazil's economy to a not so quick death by leaving the liar Mantega in place.

    Perhaps when the economy takes its next dive in the not too distant future and her rating falls even further she may, belatedly, reconsider.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    The way Lula managed the country is exactly what the hundreds of thousands massed on the streets of Brasil are fighting against.

    Dilma should not tie herself so closely to this leader of corruption.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 12:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    A really big mistake to keep Mantega on . He seems to have made the wrong calls too many times . Or am I over influenced by The Economist ?

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    “Lula and I are un-dissociated“. I know translation can sometimes be a little iffy, but where did anyone get the word ”dissociated“? ”Un“ and ”dis“ are both negatives. Don't two negatives cancel each other out? So now we have ”sociated“. Nope, haven't heard of that one either. Wait a minute, this must be MercoPress trying to sabotage something or other. Isn't that what the argies always say? Can't think of any arguments, so MP must be taking sides.
    Now why would the people of Brazil want to elect Lulu as president? Fine singer but she's not even Brazilian! Or is that Lala? Oh, Lula. Wasn't there the mensalão and sanguessugas scandals? Has he been tried yet? Hang on. ”Top officials involved, such as Roberto Jefferson, José Dirceu, Luiz Gushiken and Humberto Costa denied he was aware of any wrongdoing“. In fact, Costa was quoted as saying ”Nah, de Boss didn't know anything. We never told him. Just left the suitcase with the cash where we wuz told“.
    Then, in March 2009, before a G-20 meeting in London, Lula declared the economic crisis was caused by ”the irrational behavior of blonde people with blue eyes, who before seemed to know everything, and now have shown they don't know anything.“ I think we can fairly say that makes him a racist nut-job.
    Now why would Lula decide not to extradite Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti? Guilty of four homicides. But Lula, all by himself, decided to grant asylum. Now we can see where latam ”presidents“ are coming from. Got to match Lulu, sorry, Lula. ”Who can we give asylum to“?
    But Lula has outstanding antecedents. For example, his father was a bigamist. Who knows what his mother was? ”Lula had little formal education. He did not learn to read until he was ten years old“. Fantastic qualifications. With so much support, one wonders about the morals of the Brazilian electorate. And, since she is ”sociated”, Rousseff.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    probably not 'associated' ... too associated.

    'Un-dissociated' preserves distance without association.

    Remember she want to get a second term; to be 'associated' gives her the same chance as anybody standing against Putin.

    I often criticise Mercopress for its partisan wording - this wording is probably closer to the truth. She wants the 'workers' votes without antagonising the Lulistas.

    Its not yet the time to publicly declare that the Lula years were the most corrupt ever experienced in Brasil. The time must come ... and then we will REALLY see a dog fight. I hope she is up to it.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Baxter

    4 . Your post full of truths . Incredible that Lula has managed to evade involvement in the corruption cases . You forgot to mention his “brillant ” intervention in the Iran nuclear build up . And his support for one of Africa's worst leaders . Who , when he lost the election , refused to leave the palace until the French army arrived .

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 08:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Elena

    I think Lula aceptance comes from him being here during the boom economy days, it isn´t entierely fair to Dilma but that´s what perception does, also she is more carismatic than her an in politics that matters also.

    I don´t know how good or bad Mantega is, he is very well know for talking about 3.0 % when Brazil had it´s first very low growth year, but other than that, he still being there may have political reasons, or that he supposely was there during Brazil´s boom years and that´s why Dilma may have interest in him still being there. The Problem I see is that even with a good or bad Finance ministry Brazil probably will still have less growth than during his boom years, especially without some adjustment to deal with Brazil´s cost, and for that ther must be political agreetment and not only on Dilma´s part. There are elections very near, the opposition won´t be interested in making Dilma look fine so they won´t be cooperative, so it will come to the ppl to make enough pressure on them IMO.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 09:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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