Rousseff launches healthcare plan in bid to quell protests

Valdo Cruz – Folha de S.Paulo, 06/24/2013

In an attempt to address ‘the voice from the streets’, and to limit the damage done to the government’s reputation by the recent protests, President Dilma Rousseff will today meet with 27 state governors and 26 mayors of state capitals, in order to try and win support for a raft of proposals in health, education, urban mobility and transparency.

The President is also considering a reshuffle of her cabinet. This would take place in July, during the recess of the National Congress. However, this decision has yet to be taken.

As Folha has learned, the President has ordered her team to come up with concrete proposals in today’s meeting and in the coming days. The government’s view is that the protests are likely to continue if the talks fail to produce tangible results. This sense of urgency was intensified by the results of research carried out by political allies of the government, suggesting that the President’s approval ratings continue to fall.

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