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Brazil's speaker of the Lower House also wants to run for the presidency

Tuesday, March 13th 2018 - 09:20 UTC
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Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit. Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit.

The speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said he will run for the presidency with a market-friendly platform advocating tax cuts and more efficient public spending. Maia’s preliminary nomination by his centre-right Democrats party, the main ally to President Michel Temer, must be formalized at a convention in late July.

While his party is the sixth-largest in Congress, Maia, 48, ranks very low in early polling. With just 1% of voter intentions in a recent Datafolha survey, he is faring no better than Temer, Brazil’s most unpopular president on record.

Maia said he would eschew “irresponsible populism” – an indication he would continue Temer’s reform efforts to rein in a bulging budget deficit.

Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto, the head of Maia’s party, called for improved public spending to save public resources. “We will encourage economic production, not because we are slaves to the market, but because it is the best way to create wealth and help the welfare of those in need”.

On the left, former Ceará governor Ciro Gomes also announced his presidential bid for the PDT party.

Gomes and environmentalist Marina Silva are expected to receive some of the votes that would go to Brazil’s most popular politician, ex president Lula da Silva, who will likely be barred from running due to a corruption conviction that could also land him in prison.´

Not counting Lula, the early favorite among a wide open field of candidates is far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who advocates easing gun controls to fight rampant crime in Brazil.

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  • :o))

    Who DOESN'T want to be the President of Brazil?
    The ONLY hope is: “May the LEAST CROOKED win”!

    Mar 13th, 2018 - 12:57 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    A dozen candidates and hundreds of “unfulfillable” promises are what we hear every 4 years....The most “popular” candidates will be the ones that lie the most, promise the impossible and claim they'll spend Brazil out of the recession...then the people complain about what they get. If people can't separate the BS from what is plausible, or interpret the candidates' true intentions based on their political record, it's just going to be the blind voting in more scum.

    Need space to reply to you regarding the post “Prosecution wants Temer included in Odebrecht investigation”

    Mar 13th, 2018 - 07:07 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    @TH, aka Brain-Less “liar”
    …your previous post :”Which takes us to a page that has absolutely no information on the subject”; Ok, wrong link…instead of calling it a “mistake of fact” like some idiots do, I’ll guide you to the correct one : Google “Luta armada de Esquerda Brasileira”…at the top of the pg, open the link “Luta armada de esquerda no Brasil – Wikipedia, encyclopedia livre”. Plenty of info on Bzln communists….Francisco Julião & “Aliança Operária-Camponesa”; his visit to China (to learn abt Mao), a top member of the Cuban Communist Party’s visit to Brazil, subsequent military training of “Aliança Operária-Camponesa” militants, in Cuba...all well before ’64. Looks like even ‘Jango’ was not ‘left-enough’ for them.

    Interesting that you have mentioned “Quadros independent foreign policy, strongly opposed to the US sanctions against Cuba [a continual act of war now condemned internationally]” and Ambassador Gordon’s role in Brazil …1st, Quadros’ foreign policy simply reinforced his sympathy towards Cuba and the commies. It’s useless to claim now, 50 years later, it was “a continual act of war NOW condemned internationally”…suppose you’ve forgotten the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis …why d’you think the US should’ve accepted USSR’s presence in their back yard, while at the same time the USSR allowed none of the US's in theirs ?…suppose you think the cold war was ‘fake’ ?

    And 2nd, you are stupid, as Gordon’s opinion (definitely more credible than yours) supports the US belief Jango wanted to ‘ ”seize dictatorial power“, and was working with the Brazilian Communists” ‘…whether you like it or not, the communists ‘were’ up to something, and it wasn't restoring democracy, as the above link “Luta armada de esquerda no Brasil” shows.
    Your “you were content to sell out your country men into bondage” …what drama !!! you've outdone your stupidity once again, you sophomoric idiot.

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 12:31 am +1
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