Jose Serra, Sao Paulo governor and main reference of the opposition leads comfortably in public opinion polls for next year’s presidential election in Brazil when the successor of President Lula da Silva is to be chosen.
Brazilian president Lula da Silva has an approval rating of 67% and his image has not been tarnished by the corruption scandals involving his powerful ally Senator Jose Sarney, according to the latest public opinion from Datafolha, published Sunday by Folha de Sao Paulo.
Brazilian private banks should follow state lenders and lower interest rates to help drive a rebound of the economy, said Central Bank President Henrique Meirelles during a seminar last week in Sao Paulo. He also stated that the Central Bank policy is geared to an accumulation of reserves “to improve the country’s resistance to the crisis”.
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has said he will propose a free trade agreement with Brazil. Trade enriches economies, said Mr Calderon during a meeting with business leaders in Sao Paulo.
Former Brazilian dictator Emilio Garrastazú Médici and ex US president Richard Nixon agreed on the need to oust Chilean peer Salvador Allende and Cuba’s Fidel Castro during a meeting at the White house in 1971, when then advisor Henry Kissinger wrote the minutes, according to declassified documents published Sunday.
Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s closest aide has been accused of involvement in helping Senator Jose Sarney and his family slip off serious corruption charges, a major scandal that has shocked Brazilian public opinion.
A third of the Brazilian Senate members face some kind of judicial demand, be it criminal, common or electoral law according to a report published this week by Folha de Sao Paulo.
Brazilian Senate president Jose Sarney managed to slip away from a battery of corruption, nepotism and secret-resolution charges against him, following the Ethics Council decision to shelve the case with no debate.
Brazil inflation slowed for the third month running in July with annual inflation slowing to 4.5%, the lowest since December 2007. Consumer prices as measured by the IPCA index rose 0.24% in July from 0.36% in June, according to a release from the national statistics agency.
A Brazilian woman accused of heading a prostitution ring that recruited only 15-year-old and younger girls which were later distributed around the country has been detained by the police of Brazil.