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Posted on Feb 21, 2010
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Dilma Rousseff is the handpicked choice of Brazil’s current president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Barred from holding Brazil’s presidency for a third term, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has personally nominated his chief of staff, Dilma Rousseff, to run as the Working Party’s candidate for president in October. Rousseff, whom the party has officially endorsed as its candidate, will be the first woman to hold Brazil’s executive office if she wins the election.—JCL

The BBC:

The governing Workers’ Party in Brazil has endorsed the president’s chief of staff as its candidate for presidential elections in October.

Economist Dilma Rousseff was personally nominated by President

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is prevented by law from standing for a third consecutive term.

She promised fiscal discipline and economic stability if elected.

But correspondents say she faces tough competition from the conservative opposition.

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By Commune115, February 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Rousseff could lose if Latin America continues its trend of vomiting the weak, “center-left.” Real revolutionary governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador are seeing their support among the people remain stable or even grow, but as we saw recently in Panama and Chile, the right-wing takes power when these timid governments which don’t rock the boat too much fail to deliver.

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