Brazilian Political Life

Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:16 pm

Brazilian clown wins seat among the politicians
Mon Oct 4, 5:04 PM
SAO PAULO (AFP) - Brazil's incoming Congress decided from weekend elections will have to make room for a colorful new member: a professional clown who won the most number of votes of any of them.

Tiririca, a 45-year-old television humorist whose real name is Francisco Oliveira, scooped up 1.3 million votes in Sunday's polls to represent Sao Paulo, the highest number of votes for any federal deputy across the country.

His TV campaign ads, featuring him dancing around in a tiny hat and multi-colored outfit with a cheesy smile, were easily the most irreverent spots in the lead-up to the general elections.

"It couldn't get any worse. Vote for me," was his campaign slogan, which were followed by a number of riffs tapping into public cynicism about politics. Clown gets elected

Will the clown be able to laugh about the realities of politics and still follow through on the promise to explain what a deputy does? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJqD6SrrOA4&
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby deja vu on Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:28 am

Dilma Rousseff, who was elected as Brazil's first female president on Sunday, once told reporters that as a typical Brazilian girl in the 1950s she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But as the 1960s saw the emergence of a brutal military regime in her country, she had to make some hard choices.

"I quickly discovered that the world had no place for debutantes," Rousseff told reporters.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/ ... tml?hpt=C1


Things could get very interesting very fast. Definitely wont be dull, but the question that will take time to answer is:

"Will she make a difference or turn out to be no better then those that sat in the big chair before her?" Former guerrilla to President, not such a big leap
these days.
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:19 am

Brazilians have mixed feelings about the cost of the World Cup event in their country when many social needs and issues do not get sufficient attention and funding. Thus is the reality in the land of samba, soccer and daily life.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/brazil-mired-in-world-cup-apathy-anger-1.2672667

But there is reason for pessimism, said Fernando Marcato, a partner in the Sao Paulo consulting firm Go Associados.

Marcato foresees a future in which some of the 12 arenas constructed for this World Cup — including in the Amazon and the rural "far west" — could go to waste, becoming crumbling venues rarely visited by teams after soccer’s biggest tournament.

The remote Amazonian city of Manaus, for example, is the site of a $318-million arena that is inaccessible by road. Three workers died during its construction.
'White elephant' stadiums

"Me, my friends, all the Brazilian people are going to pay [for that stadium] because the stadium is a white elephant," environmentalist and activist Hamilton Leao said.
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:18 pm

Brazilians have re-elected Dilma Rouseff as their president. The person involved with bringing the FIFA World Cup to Brazil will be in government during the next big sport spectacle-the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/inc ... story.html

It seems that the domestic issues remain pressing concerns for the returning president.
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:13 am

The citizens of Brazil have held weekend protests in major cities over the Petrobras corruption scandal (major construction companies paid bribes to the national oil producer for inflated contracts). While two people in President Rousseff's cabinet are considered part of the situation, the people want Rousseff to resign or for a military coup to overthrow her government. Why? The thinking is that Rousseff used to be on the oil producer's board of directors, so the people think she has to take some responsibility.

http://www.economist.com/news/americas/brazildemonstrations?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/thistimeitspersonal

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31899507
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court approved the investigation of 54 people for their alleged involvement in the kickback scheme.

The list was prepared by Attorney General Rodrigo Janot who alleged that private companies paid corrupt officials in order to get lucrative Petrobras contracts.

According to the investigation, high-profile politicians also took a share of the money siphoned off from the oil company.

Mr Junot's list includes Senate President Renan Calheiros, President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha, former Energy Minister Edison Lobao and former President Fernando Collor de Mello.
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:38 pm

Dilma Rousseff's fellow citizens are still not happy with her, despite her re-election last fall (actually spring in Brazil):
ON MARCH 18th the clock started ticking for Dilma Rousseff. The lower house of Brazil’s Congress voted to start the impeachment process against the president, who has until early April to present her defence. She faces charges of using accounting trickery to hide the true size of the budget deficit. Her congressional foes plan to put forward a second motion based on allegations that relate more directly to the main scandal that threatens her future: a former ally claims that she tried to obstruct a wide-ranging investigation into a multibillion-dollar bribery scheme at Petrobras, the state-controlled oil giant, from which her left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) profited.
As congressmen in Brasília, the capital, cast their votes, 300,000-odd PT supporters swept onto the streets across the country in support of their embattled leader. But before the crowds dispersed, the president suffered another setback. The appointment as minister of her wily predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was blocked by a supreme-court judge.

Thus ended the most eventful and oddest 72 hours in recent Brazilian history. They leave the president weakened, possibly fatally. The reputation of her once-revered predecessor is in tatters (see article). That of the crusading judge leading the Petrobras investigation, Sérgio Moro, has been damaged, too. The country, which is suffering its worst recession since the 1930s, is angry and bewildered.

http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21695577-dilma-rousseffs-chances-remaining-office-are-diminishing-day-tick-tock?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/ticktock
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:12 pm

For readers who recall how much protesting went on in the months prior to the 2014 World Cup event, the news that current political protesting is affecting
the final months of the Summer Games is not likely unexpected.

Despite Dilma Rousseff's political win in last year's elections, her position as Brazilian president is not assured to continue through 2016.
http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21695577-dilma-rousseffs-chances-remaining-office-are-diminishing-day-tick-tock
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Re: Brazilian Political Life

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:15 pm

One party that is key to Rousseff's government coalition has left said coalition. Now a minister has left Rousseff's cabinet:
Last week, Ms Rousseff, who denies wrongdoing, said the procedure amounted to a coup. She spent Monday meeting officials from the PMDB ahead of that party's national leadership meeting on Tuesday.

But a number of MPs from the PMDB said ahead of the meeting that most members had already decided to abandon the coalition.

"On Tuesday we will be disembarking from this government," Senator Valdir Raupp told Reuters.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35914461
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