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Jose Serra, the main opposition candidate in the October presidential election, has proposed senator Alvaro Dias from his centrist party to be his running mate (Reuters).
Ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff took a significant lead over her main rival for the first time, gaining from a booming economy and the president’s lofty popularity. Rousseff had 40 percent support in the survey taken from June 19-21, compared to Serra’s 35 percent (Reuters).
Jose Serra criticized Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of using the government machine to promote the ruling party’s presidential candidate, former Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff (Xinhua).
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva canceled his trip to Toronto, Canada, to attend the G-20 Summit, which gathers the leaders of the largest group of developed and developing countries, because of the emergency situation in Brazil’s northeast region due to heavy rains and floods (Xinhua).
Brazil’s finance minister criticized proposed targets for Group of 20 economies to halve their budget deficits by 2013, saying they could threaten global economic growth (Reuters).
Brazil aims to broaden its dialogue with communist North Korea to include discussion of the Asian nation’s nuclear weapons program and security on the Korean peninsula, its ambassador in Pyongyang said (Reuters).
Brazil’s foreign minister said he still hoped a plan for Iran to part with some of its nuclear material could serve as the basis for further talks with Tehran about its nuclear programme, despite new sanctions (Reuters).
The Brazilian government announced the creation of a 100-million-U.S.-dollar fund to finance Argentine high-tech companies and Brazilian enterprises established in the neighboring country (Xinhua).
Bulgaria and Brazil agreed to accelerate negotiations on signing economic cooperation agreements and enhance bilateral trade, which was lower than expected (Xinhua).
On his first official visit to Serbia, Celso Amorim, Brazil’s foreign minister, signed two separate agreements in Belgrade that would abolish visa requirements for citizens and diplomats of the two countries (Xinhua).
Last week’s Brazil Weekly’s poll on the question of which countries should be Brazil’s stratigic partners, yielded interesting results, partly reflecting the country’s recent policies of diversifying its diplomatic efforts. Around 25% of you, Brazil buffs and experts, think Brazil should focus on Europe, the E.U. in particular, including a minority that favours strong ties with France (7%). Just over 13% of you favour the U.S. as Brazil’s most strategic partner, while China comes third place with almost 10% of your votes. But if you add up the votes in favour of the remaining three BRIC countries or BRIC in general, this group is a clear winner, with, besides China, India taking 7%, Russia 4% and BRIC in general 7%): totalling some 28% of all votes cast by you. Other preferred partners are the “Portuguese speaking world” (7%), South Africa (5%) and Latin-American countries (10%). Among the latter Argentina leads the way, followed by Venezuela and Cuba. The battle for the Middle East was won by Israel (4%), while Turkey and the “Arab world” received 2% each. In spite of Brazil’s recent attempts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran, that country received zero points.
Brazil and Italy signed a naval agreement to jointly develop patrol vessels and logistic support vessels (Xinhua).
The Brazilian government plans to completely eradicate child labor over the next three years (Xinhua).
Overweight and obesity in Brazil increased from 42.7 to 46.6 percent of the population over the last four years, while the percentage of the obese rose from 11.4 to 13.9 percent (Xinhua).