Coordinator for Marina Silva Wants Former Presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso as Allies

August 25, 2014

Mariana Carneiro – Folha de S. Paulo, 8/25/2014

On the morning of Friday, Aug. 22, economist Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca was excited with the result of research done by the PSB and financial market institutions that suggested growth of electoral preferences of the party’s presidential candidate, former senator Marina Silva.

The research indicates that Silva, who Giannetti met on the 2010 campaign trail, has settled into second place in the presidential race this year and has the potential to defeat Dilma Rousseff (PT) in the second round.

The possibility of victory tends to feed speculations of the purpose of Giannetti, who describes himself as a person “without political ambitions,” in any future government. But he says he has no interest in being the next finance minister.

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Brazil’s presidential campaign

August 22, 2014

The Economist (print edition), 8/23/2014

IN HIS presidential bid Eduardo Campos, the former governor of Pernambuco, set out to break the mould of Brazilian politics, polarised between the ruling left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) of President Dilma Rousseff and the centre-right Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), the main opposition. By cruel irony, Mr Campos’s untimely death in a plane crash on August 13th may have improved the chances of a “third way” in October’s election.

A poll by Datafolha taken after the tragedy and published on August 18th gave Mr Campos’s running-mate, Marina Silva, more than double his most recent showing (see chart). On August 20th Campos’s centrist Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) duly blessed Ms Silva as his replacement, naming Beto Albuquerque, one of its congressmen, as her running mate.

Ms Silva is better known than Mr Campos was, thanks to her run at the presidency as a protest candidate in 2010, when she came third with nearly 20m votes. A daughter of poor rubber-tappers in the Amazon region, she is a founder of Brazil’s environmental movement as well as of the PT. She served as environment minister under Ms Rousseff’s predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, until resigning in 2008 over ungreen development projects pursued by other ministries.

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Former Brazil President Lula Campaigns for Dilma Rouseff’s Re-election

August 20, 2014

Hispanically Speaking News, 8/19/2014

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, one of Brazil’s most popular politicians, came all-out Tuesday in favor of the campaign to reelect his successor, Dilma Rousseff, assuring voters they can support her without qualms.

With the campaigns for the Oct. 5 elections starting Tuesday on television, the ideal medium for getting political messages across in Brazil, Lula burst onto the small screen with a powerful message in favor of a second four-year term for his political protege.

“Everyone knows that my second term was better than the first” and “that’s how it will be with Dilma,” Lula said, appealing to what Brazilians remember about his 2003-2011 tenure.

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Lula urges Brazilians to give Rousseff a second term

August 19, 2014

Fox News Latino, 8/19/2014

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, one of Brazil’s most popular politicians, came all-out Tuesday in favor of the campaign to reelect his successor, Dilma Rousseff, assuring voters they can support her without qualms.

With the campaigns for the Oct. 5 elections starting Tuesday on television, the ideal medium for getting political messages across in Brazil, Lula burst onto the small screen with a powerful message in favor of a second four-year term for his political protege.

“Everyone knows that my second term was better than the first” and “that’s how it will be with Dilma,” Lula said, appealing to what Brazilians remember about his 2003-2011 tenure.

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Brazil’s presidential election now features two frontrunners with amazing back stories

August 19, 2014

Jenni Avins – Quartz, 8/19/2014

In the wake of Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos’ death in a plane crash last week in Santos, Sao Paulo, there has been much discussion over who would succeed him as the Brazilian Socialist Party’s (PSB) candidate. Now, itappears the PSB will officially announce Campos’ vice-presidential running mate Marina Silva’s candidacy at a meeting on Aug 20.

A winding political road to the presidential ticket

Although Silva’s succession to Campos seems logical—she was his vice-presidential candidate, after all—her path to the PSB was indirect. Silva only joined Campos’ ticket after her attempt to register a new political party, the Sustainability Network, fell short of the authenticated signatures required last year.

In 2010, Silva ran for president on the Green Party ticket and came in at a respectable third place, having earned a reputation for tough efficiency as environment minister under former president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. More than 700 people went to prison for environmental crimes and deforestation slowed during her tenure. But Silva very dramatically resigned in 2008, to protest Lula’s support of development in the rainforest.

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Tragic August, uncertain October

August 15, 2014

The Economist, 8/16/2014 (print edition)

August is a tragic month in Brazilian politics. Sixty years ago Getúlio Vargas, a populist dictator turned democrat, committed suicide while in office. In 1976 Juscelino Kubitschek, who built Brasília, the country’s Utopian capital, was killed in a car crash. On the morning of August 13th the month claimed its latest victim. Eduardo Campos, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and one of President Dilma Rousseff’s two main rivals in an election this October, died when his chartered jet crashed in the port city of Santos, 60km south-east of São Paulo.

The aircraft, a Cessna 560XL, was reportedly in good working order when it took off at 9.21am from Rio de Janeiro. Bad weather meant a landing at the Guarujá airstrip in Santos, where Mr Campos was making a campaign stop, had to be aborted. Soon afterwards, witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing the Cessna plummet ablaze into an apartment building and gym. The cause of the explosion, which also claimed the lives of two pilots and four other passengers, was not immediately clear.

Ms Rousseff, with whom Mr Campos had served in the government of her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, declared three days of mourning and suspended her campaign. So did Aécio Neves, the candidate of the centre-right Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), who tweeted of an “irreparable and incomprehensible” loss.

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IN DEPTH: Brazil’s power struggle

August 6, 2014

Alexandre Spatuzza – Recharge News, 8/6/2014

It may come as a surprise to those only loosely following Brazil’s fast-growing wind industry, but there is a deep-seated crisis in the country’s power sector that could affect the outcome of the presidential election in October — and, in turn, the election result could have a big impact on the energy industry, including wind and solar.

President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking re-election, faces a range of issues that analysts believe will dog her campaign — slow economic growth, rising inflation, high government spending, and liquidity and supply problems in the power industry. The latter will be the first item on the agenda of whoever wins the presidential race, say analysts.

Under Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — both of the centre-left Workers’ Party — the energy industry has gone through a series of upheavals that have reduced the income of generation, distribution and transmission companies, leaving them without the liquidity they need to make investments.

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