• Categories
  • Archives

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:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

How Brazil Breeders Are Improving Arab Cattle

The breeders of bovines of the zebu breeds of Brazil are preparing themselves for ...

Most of Brazil’s Volvo Buses Are Shipped Overseas

Brazil’s Volvo has exported about 280 trucks to Saudi Arabia between January and July. ...

Brazil’s Petrobras in High Risk Deal in Argentina

Brazil’s Petrobras Energia is involved in a "high risk" natural gas exploration and production ...

House leadership meets after new Speaker Rebelo is elected

A Communist Is Third in Line to Brazil’s Presidency

A close ally of Brazilian president Lula da Silva, communist Aldo Rebelo from the ...

Brazil Goes After France’s Technology to Build Its First Nuclear Submarine

Brazil wants to become the first country in Latin America to have a nuclear ...

Brazilian Top Unions Blast Copom for Not Cutting Interest Rates

Brazil’s two biggest labor unions  in a note signed by their presidents,  have criticized ...

Brazilian Government Becomes Sponsor of Indy Races

Brazil's trade promotion agency, APEX-Brasil's, decision to sponsor the top ethanol-powered auto racing category, ...

Brazil Studies How to Punish US for Anti-dumping Laws

Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations released a note stating that the government will “reserve Brazilian ...

March is Over, But Fight Goes On, Says Brazil’s MST

The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST) celebrated the results of their 12 thousand-people, 15-day ...

Brazil More than Doubles Its Purchases from Arabs

Brazilian-Arab trade has become a two-way street. The Middle East was the region that ...