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Brazilian President’s Popularity Inspires Movement to Extend His Time in Office

Brazil's Lula The high popularity of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – a record 64% of Brazilians consider his administration good or excellent, according to the latest DataFolha poll – has encouraged legislators from the allied base in the government to propose a constitutional amendment that would keep Lula in power for two extra years beyond the two four-year terms he was elected for.

The Brazilian congressmen wish not only to extend Lula's presidency to 2012 but also do the same to governors, House representatives and senators. Starting in 2012 everyone elected for any of these posts would stay in power for five years and would be forbidden to seek reelection.

One of the authors of the idea, congressman Devanir Ribeiro, from the ruling Workers Party (PT) argues that the change would eliminate the present system in which voters go to the polls every two years.

"We need someone strong, the president has this popularity," says Ribeiro. "Brazil needs a man like him. In the two years that we legislators have left,  we won't be able to foster political reform. So, this idea might end the paralysis that befalls the country every two years due to the elections."

When Ribeiro proposed last year a referendum to allow Lula to run for a third term of office (the constitution was amended during the presidency of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Lula's predecessor, so that Cardoso could be reelected) leaders of the Workers Party called the suggestion an "antidemocratic tactic."

The DataFolha results, which are released in the wake of the publication that Brazil had a 6% GDP growth in the first half of the year,  show for the first time ever Lula with a majority support among people with a college degree (55%), among families whose earnings are above 10 minimum wages, among the Southeast population, the largest (57%) and finally among the metropolitan areas (57%).

The new poll shows Lula's popularity at its highest level since he took office in 2003. DataFolha polled 2,981 people over the age of 16 in 212 Brazilian cities, between September 8 and September 11. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

DataFolha also showed how recent Brazilian presidents fared, presenting the best evaluation each of them had during their term in office:

Fernando Collor de Mello, who resigned to avoid impeachment (1990-1992): 36%

Itamar Franco (1992-1994): 41%

Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-1998): 47%

Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1999-2002): 31%

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2006): 53%

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2007-2010): 64%

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  • João da Silva

    [quote]If oil prices are high….he will change the Constitution, so that he can be a candidate for a 3rd term. [/quote]

    Nah, he is not going to change the constitution regardless of Oil prices. Your second hypothesis is more likely to happen. 😉

    He is much smarter than you are. 😀

  • CH.C

    Wellll….it all depends of oil prices !
    My view :
    His majesty is patiently waiting early 2010.
    If oil prices are high….he will change the Constitution, so that he can be a candidate for a 3rd term.
    If oil prices are low……he will take a 4 years vacations, and come back when more oil will flow from the newly found fields.
    In the meantime he will “chose” his/her successor to keep the throne…warm and confortable.

    Very simple….in my view !
    This is certainly what I would do, if I was him !

    😉 😀 😉

  • AES

    We have decided to hold court at the brewry at Itaipava.

  • forrest allen brown

    BRAZIL TRYING
    to pull a columbia ??????

    there president is so far out of lulas leauge
    lula can only look up to see his feet

    I can see why they have the brazilian press been spoon feading the peoples of brazil
    all the good stuff lula has been able to do , whitch is not much but the press plays it up for the
    poor and uneducated so they feel they did a good job by electing him .

  • Augustus

    JOAO
    Thanks for the compliment… I try exceedingly hard to keep up with so much talent… 😛
    Yet, I was fully aware of ch-c’s intended remark, thus the second paragraph, which you apparently (or deliberately) overlooked 😉

    There was no need for my first paragraph, as IÀ¢€™m certain you are fully aware of my sincere sentiments on the matter. Yet, I just love talking about it, while reminding, educating any passing, elusive visitor… 🙂

  • João da Silva

    Augustus
    [quote]The thought we could now have an Imperial Court in Petropolis, with all due glamour and refinement one would expect, lead by the Head of State of the Orleans e Braganca lineage – a true-blue hereditary Monarch; along with a duly elected Prime Minister as Head of Government – seated in Brasilia, ultimately responsible for His Majesty’s government and accountable to the people…[/quote]

    Ch.c was not talking about a descendant of Orleans e BraganÀƒ§a lineage to be enthroned in 2014, Old Chap. So quit dreaming. 😉

    He was talking about a “commoner” whom we all know about. You are a fast learner, I must admit. 🙂

  • Augustus

    JOAO – Remind not of 1989 – for further contemplation…
    The thought we could now have an Imperial Court in Petropolis, with all due glamour and refinement one would expect, lead by the Head of State of the Orleans e Braganca lineage – a true-blue hereditary Monarch; along with a duly elected Prime Minister as Head of Government – seated in Brasilia, ultimately responsible for His Majesty’s government and accountable to the people…

    It represents nothing short of a heartbreaking reminder indeed, in the event the 1989 plebiscite had been successful, we would not be facing the likelihood of descending into Venezuela, Bolivia-like Banana Republic statusÀ¢€¦ There would not have been any dark shadow of shame and fear looming in the horizon, whereby an objectionable, populist Labor Party official (who nothing more than a former industrial machinist) assembling supporters that might enable him to usurp the undeserving mantel of a monarch in Brazil…

    Additional fuel for further contemplation

  • João da Silva

    Augustus
    [quote]In light of your latest entry, I shall make a valiant effort to refrain from further consuming my feeble spirit, and defer to your better judgment..[/quote]

    There are two keywords,one uttered by YOU and the other by Ch.c (of all the people).Let me refresh your memory.

    Augustus: “The failed referendum of 1989”
    Ch.c : “Comes back as an Emperor”

    Food for thoughts. 😀 😉

  • Augustus

    As per JOAO – “quit worrying about the constitution being altered”
    In light of your latest entry, I shall make a valiant effort to refrain from further consuming my feeble spirit, and defer to your better judgment…

  • João da Silva

    Brazilian President’s Popularity Inspires Movement to Extend His Time in Office
    All the previous commentators are absolutely mistaken about the intention to extend President LulaÀ‚´s term by another 2 years. He is a man of words and already stated clearly that he does not want a third term. He has also humbly vowed to elect a Lady as a President to take office in 2011. Therefore rest assured that in January 2011, we will be pleased to see a Lady being sworn into the office as the President of our Republic.

    So please quit worrying about the constitution being altered. 😉 😀

  • Augustus

    SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! —- Superby entry by AES
    AES – Your wisdom is unrivaled!!!

    I particularly praise the following statement: “”Changing the constitution is a serious business, there is an imperial virus lose in Bolivia, Venezuela, and now apparently in points south. Fear of freedom is insanity.”

    With a rather short essay you have managed to express more that most others in this blog.
    The enormous SHAME I felt by being Brazilian cannot be expressed… Despite all the ills, embezzlement, corruption, vote buying, and social injustice, I had managed to retain a certain sense of relief and pride that the Labor administration at the very least did not follow the nauseating Venezuelan gimmicks À¢€“ so typical of Banana Republics À¢€“ to amend the constitution for the sole embarrassing, selfish, undemocratic purpose of extending the mandate (or should I say the À¢€œruleÀ¢€Â or À¢€œreignÀ¢€Â) of its current Populist À¢€œStrongmanÀ¢€ÂÀ¢€¦

    Nothing had brought more shame to my heart and spirit than the realization that the sole source of pride I still had on my countryÀ¢€™s political system was about to wither away, manipulated into extinction to satisfy the so-called À¢€œwishesÀ¢€Â of a vile, corrupt, hopeless system maintained by a despicable political cultureÀ¢€¦ No wonder they fail to invest in education!

  • observer

    AES,

    Well spoken!

  • AES

    Lula is the ‘leader’ of the greatest nation in South America and has come to confuse being a sovereign and being a servant of the people. Changing the constitution is a serious business, there is an imperial virus lose in Bolivia, Venezuela, and now apparently in points south. Fear of freedom is insanity. This is a country of individuals not of widgets, let the next president of Brazil be greater than the last, let the rule of law, written by greater legislative minds than seem to be at work now, doing ‘the people’s business’. . .and voted upon by a less suffering, less driven, less angst ridden population. Let us have freedom from government. Let government serve to enforce contract, protect the health and well being of the population. Government does not exist to serve government, but to serve the democracy that has given its limited authority. This is one of the richest countries in the world, it deserves the best government money can buy. Electing a president is about hiring the most qualified, educated, capable individual for the most important job in Brazil. The president is in fact employed, hired by the people, this cannot become a case of the tail wagging the dog. Choose the most intelligent competent pilot to fly the plane, do not be told who you will hire, make your own choice, your life and the quality of the lives of your children depend on it.

  • observer

    Even Churchill, the man who saved his country from Hitler and his cronies was defeated in peacetime

    The common trait in politicians is hubris

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