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Marina Silva's lead turns Dilma more aggressive in her re-election bid

Saturday, September 6th 2014 - 03:04 UTC
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has adopted a more combative re-election campaign strategy after opinion polls showed her trailing popular environmentalist candidate Marina Silva. Two election surveys this week showed Rousseff was the frontrunner in the first round ballot scheduled for October 5, but would lose to Silva, a former environment minister, in a likely runoff. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    “But perhaps the biggest blow came with news that the country’s economy had slipped into recession this year.”
    I admit that I am not so 'au fait' with Brazilian politics/economy as say, I am with VNZLA, but this does not sound good.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 03:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Like we all thought may happen the failure by a bunch of dead heads to take the WC (I LOVE that connotation) has backfired on Dumbass and showed what I consider to be her real weakness: failing to deal with the dead heads in her own ‘team’, starting with The Liar Mantega.

    Screwing around with Mr. Market by attempting to bribe the electorate with their own money is always fraught with the danger that even SA idiots in their slums will wake up to what is happening and feel ‘left out’.

    I can’t say I am at all enamoured with Silva and she has made a few stupid comments about the economy and industry though if she gets in that might (will have to) change.

    As for Brazil being a First World country, that delusion is quickly becoming a reality of one of the laughing stocks of the world at the political level.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 11:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    The declining economy and the Petrobas corruption:

    If Dilma gets reelected they deserve her.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 12:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Olympics ?
    Hmmmm. .. A further drain on their resources, I imagine.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Pretty sure I was the only one (maybe Chris) saying Brazil would go into recession this year. Remember all the Rgidiots saying Brazil would keep buying their cars? Yeah remember that one?
    I hope the elect a new Prez and get rid of the ugly Marxist Terrorist. She and all her cronies need to be in jail.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    the political corruption within Petrobras' deals are one thing;
    the 'smoke and mirrors' manipulation of the giant market for pre-salt just beggars belief. It will be virtually unentangleable when the court cases start.

    Sep 06th, 2014 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    It's La Tronca. Good luck with that.

    Sep 07th, 2014 - 07:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Typical of the PT. When they cannot win, based on their own merits, they turn to attacking the other candidate's reputation and personal life...“Her campaign team has also petitioned Brazilian election authorities to open an investigation into Silva’s finances, claiming she has omitted income from several public speaking engagements in documents filed with the election body”...
    Marina Silva has allegedly earned roughly US$ 700 thousand for public speaking events over the past 4 years....nice income, but totally accountable. I think she should let them check her finances, but on one condition....that Lula's, as well as his son's sudden wealth also be investigated....after all, US$ 700 thousand compared to US$ 2.9 billion, in a similar time-frame, is peanuts. Dilma and Lula gave to go.

    Sep 07th, 2014 - 08:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    I dont know if Silva is the one for taking Brazil out of recession and into growth again. But Dilma and the PT crooks have to go.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 02:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    True, Jack.
    Stealing from the people - on the Lula scale, is not to be forgiven.
    If Silva can govern like Cardoso, things might improve; if she is swamped by the cruelly implicated establishment ...

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 10:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @9 CD2, While Marina Silva is no guarantee that Brazil will recover quickly, the simple fact that the PT infiltrated government, on every level (that the PT control), will get kicked out, is highly positive. As I've said before, if she gets in, Marina's toughest task, at least at the beginning, will be to root out the PeTistas and clean up the mess they have left Brazil in. It's too early for 'history' to analyze the PT period in the presidency, but I'm sure it will go down as one of the worst.
    @10 Geoff, Marina needs to surround herself with competent advisors and has to be pragmatic. And has to kick ass to make sure the results appear.

    Sep 08th, 2014 - 05:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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