Brazil’s Opposition Presidential Candidate Alckmin Has No Charisma

Brazil’s leading opposition candidate, Geraldo Alckmin, said during his party’s national convention, Tuesday, June 13, he would cut taxes and streamline the federal government to help accelerate economic growth if he won October’s presidential election.

"My pledge is to send a bill to Congress in the first week that simplifies the tax system, stimulates investments and increases efficiency," he told delegates of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, which endorsed Alckmin as its presidential candidate.

The former São Paulo state governor, who is supported by many business leaders for his managerial style, offered proposals focused on economic growth and improved public sector efficiency.

He also harshly criticized President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who leads opinion polls by a wide margin, for failing to take advantage of favorable international economic conditions. "Last year in Latin America Brazil grew more only than Haiti, a small, war-torn country."

Alckmin, 53, pledged to improve operating conditions for businesses and attract investment in infrastructure with clearer regulations, less red tape and lower interest rates.

The trained physician pledged to cut all 12 ministries created in the Lula administration, saying reducing taxes and bureaucracy would stimulate entrepreneurial initiative.

Despite his programme’s market-friendly tone, Alckmin said he would not push for privatization of state enterprises, including the postal service. The devout Catholic also said he would not undo Lula’s flagship social welfare program, a subsistence bonus paid to nearly 11 million families.

Organizers said some 12,000 people attended the convention but when Alckmin gave his long and sometimes rambling speech, the convention center was more than half empty. He was backed by dozens of party leaders on a stage showered with confetti and spotlights but won only occasional applause.

Critics say Alckmin’s stiff composure and haughty discourse are a major handicap in competing with Lula, the charismatic former union leader.

Mercopress – www.mercopress.com

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Wants Culture as Basic Human Right

Brazil’s Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, challenged the 35 member countries of the Organization ...

Brazil Ready to Receive 120,000 for World Social Forum

Porto Alegre, state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil, ...

Brazil and Venezuela Embark on Broad Alliance

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is traveling Sunday, February 13, to Caracas ...

Brazil Frees US$ 5 million for Stem Cell Research, But Not Everyone Is Happy

Stem cell research was given a boost in Brazil recently, with the announcement that ...

Sorriso: a City Worth US$ 174 million

This is the GDP of Sorriso, a city in the midwestern state of Mato ...

Shaken with Air Tragedy Brazil Tells the World to Mind Own Business

Brigadier José Carlos Pereira, the president of the Brazilian airport authority, Infraero, seemed annoyed ...

13 Years After 111 Were Killed in Brazil’s Penitentiary No One Is in Jail

A court in São Paulo, Brazil, will hear Wednesday, February 15, the appeal lodged by ...

Lavagem do Bonfim at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Jesus and the African Gods in Brazil’s Northeast

It must be hard to be a religious fundamentalist in Salvador, Bahia, in the ...

Brazilian Stocks Down on US Interest Rates Concerns

Latin American shares collectively declined alongside a depressed U.S. market. Brazilian shares ultimately soured, ...

Massive Blackout Hits Brazil. Sí£o Paulo, Rio, 5 Other States in the Dark

 A massive blackout has hit Brazil this Tuesday night, November 10, around 10:15 pm, after hydroelectric ...