Brazil President Hints He Might Choose a Woman to Succeed Him

Brazil's chief of staff, Dilma Rousseff The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said he would be choosing his successor in 2010 and anticipated there are great chances that the next president could be a woman, although he did not advance names.

"Very humbly I'm telling you that I will be choosing my successor. I can't tell who it will be but I can assure you there are great chances that it could be a woman," said Lula in an interview with Buenos Aires daily Clarin.

However in political circles the name which crops as the most probable candidate to succeed Lula is his cabinet chief. Dilma Rousseff, who also happens to be an expert in energy matters.

Rousseff has been a militant of the ruling Workers Party since its foundation in 1980 and has been next to the Brazilian president from the beginning of his first term. She is also considered one of the most prestigious ministers and closest advisors of the former metal workers union leader.

Lula said he was confident that the Workers Party would again win the next presidential elections given the economic and social improvements achieved during his eight-year tenure which ends in 2010.

"We have all chances to repeat and win the elections. We'll have a strong and growing economy, per capita income expanding, workers conditions improving and the poor will be less poor. That is a winning formula," underlined the Brazilian leader.

"We'll reach 2010, when the next presidential elections, with a very comfortable situation," said Lula who included among the long list of improvements Brazilians will enjoy the infrastructure works for the organization of the World Cup in 2014 which will be hosted by Brazil.

Meantime the Brazilian press celebrated the victory over Chile of the national team, which played "offensively as had demanded President Lula" during a public controversy with the players and coach Dunga who returned from Beijing with the bronze medal. Gold went to archrival Argentina.

"Victory guarantees Dunga's job"; "Brazil defeats Chile and brings relief to Dunga"; "Brazil plays offensively and is second in qualifiers", were some of the Monday headlines in Brazil following the three goals victory over Chile in Santiago.

"Brazil played as Lula likes: offensively and with grit and is now second ahead of Argentina," was one of the sport publications comments on the Sunday night match. To make victory even sweeter Chile is currently coached by Marcelo Bielsa, who previously had the same job with Argentina's national squad.



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  • Dominican Girls

    Caribbean Dating
    That’s sick! choosing a woman to succeed him? yeah only real dictators can do such things but what will going to happen to the rights of the people to vote? Did he try to think that the people will get mad of him if they will be deprived from their rights to choose the next president?


    ch-c / globo rural / overwhelmed
    While I do not know how you managed to understand the documentaries, therein, I will solely mentioned one thing: after watching a selected entry “Agricultores do Rio Grande do Norte aprendem a ler e a escrever” my keyboard is wet from tears…
    It was hard to proceed, as I witnessed their immense limitations and innumerable difficulties, challenges vis-ÀƒÂ -vis their smiling faces with confidence in a better futureÀ¢€¦
    It just rendered me EVEN angrier by recalling the corrupt Federal deputies, sent to Brasilia on their behalf, only to siphon off the very projects designed to improve the lives of such wonderful naÀƒ¯ve individualsÀ¢€¦ Yet, they humbly proceed in their daily hard lives, perfectly content while unaware of the unjust system responsible for the very restrictions precluding them from a better destiny!
    Thanks for allowing view the great humanity you keep concealed under the python skinÀ¢€¦

  • CH.C..

    Augustus…….”I was simply asking the hard headed Brazilians to contradict my attacks on BrazilÀ¢€™s corruption, inefficiency and crime ridden environment… ”
    But….but…but….this was what I done for 5 years now in this site !
    When you entered the scene recently, of course you insulted me.
    I must disclose that Joao did the same….first, around 2 years ago ! 😀 😉
    But none of you 2 or others never hurted me !

    Let me give you some sources I like to watch, even by not speaking ONE Portuguese word !
    Dont we say 1 picture is worth a thousand words ? then short videos news are worth millions and millions of words and emotions.
    Especially when they come from the country medias and not from an apparent opponent !

    Right ?

    Then watch the short videos of Globo Rural, it is free.
    type first……
    then look for Globo Rural videos
    or any type of what may interest you.

    At least in Globo Rural you can see your small family farmers, struggling with droughts, floods or plants diseases.
    You will see them harvesting hectares of corn, vegetables, potatoes or whatever…manually-
    You will see them planting hectares of seeds….manually.
    And the most “wealthy” of these small farmers have decades old machinery such as tractors or whatever !

    If it does not break your heart, you are not humans.
    And it hurts my heart even more when this is the reality in a middle income country, far more than in a poor country !
    Contrary to a poor country, there is money in Brazil. But 75 % of the agriculture subsidize go to commercial farmers, and only 25 % or so to the 5 millions family farmers, the bast majority small farmers. By Small farmers I mean with sufficient hectares that will be more than fine here. But they have no money, no help, not enough basic education and even less education in their jobs !


    ch.c / Joao – your comments are welcome
    I was simply asking the hard headed Brazilians to contradict my attacks on BrazilÀ¢€™s corruption, inefficiency and crime ridden environment…

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Once more I wish some apparently educated Brazilians prove me wrong[/quote]

    Since you invited only the “educated Brazilians”, our Prez and I donÀ‚´t want to comment. May be some alumni from Sorbonne would like to take their precious time to say a few words. 😀

  • João da Silva

    [quote]You are a difficult fellow![/quote]

    He is not all that difficult fellow. He is merely furnishing you with Stats and Facts, so that you would use your rich prose to scold the Rascals in Power. 😀 😉


    CH=C misunderstood
    While I’m not and expert, I do not have the authority, I do not have proof, and I LACK the official credentials which NORMALLY WOULD HAVE PERMITTED SOMEBODY ELSE TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CRITICISM, I felt that I should expose the govenment for its failures AND faults, EVEN THOUGH I do NOT consider myself ENTITTLED to make the claims and did not have the PROOF – that is EXACTLY WHAT lacking credentials meant.
    How could you possibly have thought that I was defending the government? My tone was clearly accusatory

    I do not… SO. I lack the necessary AUTHORITIY… After all we do not all s hare the same level of ARROGANCE – 8) 😉 😀
    Quite frankly, I was being MODEST, recongnizing that I did not consider myself as the HOLDER of the NECESSARY facts TO BACK MY CLAIMS

    You are a difficult fellow!

  • CH.C..

    To Augustus the Not So Genius afterall……..
    if You call the President an idiotic why have you written today in another comment …the exact opposite “While I bear no justifiable credentials to adequately criticize the current Brazilian administration (in general)…etc etc ” ????????

    Are you like Bin the Crook : you dont remember what you said today or yesterday….in particular ?

    😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😉

  • João da Silva

    You must be talking about the following link I posted yesterday in another thread:


    btw, the Lady in the picture in this article is Dr.Dilma Rousseff.


    The “highly educated” Brazilian has already expressed his views on the same subject elsewhere (thanks to Joao’s link to Veja), which compelled me to question the very same absurd “Banana Republic” type statement the Swiss Blogger has quoted.

    I have never seen so much audacity and self-delusion before in a public statement… I suppose the bold statement made by the idiotic president is based on the populist nature of Brazilian politics, which I must painfully admit… In fact, I would not be surprised he Lula is successful, considering the quality of the voters who consider him acceptable… It’s very painful indeed….

  • CH.C..

    “Brazil President Hints He Might Choose a Woman to Succeed Him ”
    That happens only in Banana Republics !

    “”Very humbly I’m telling you that I will be choosing my successor. I can’t tell who it will be but I can assure you there are great chances that it could be a woman,”

    Only DICTATORS are sure to have such rights !

    Viva Brazil the Banana Republic governed by the dictator Robin the Crook.
    He was and still is ready to pay CASH to win votes when necessary. It is anyway not his own money but Yours.
    So more easy for him to pay well. Better yet this CASH payments obviously are not subject to TAXES…as they are reported NOWHERE !!!!

    Once more I wish some apparently educated Brazilians prove me wrong.
    Such as Augustus the Genius !
    😀 😉

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