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In Brazil on August 27, 2010 at 11:43 am

ELECTIONS

With an unwavering and sizable voter support for his bid for presidency, José Serra refuses to be the underdog, despite the ever-growing numbers for his main rival, Dilma Rousseff. In the second of three profiles of the leading contenders, The Rio Times looks into Serra’s life, from his humble beginnings to major achievements, and his second attempt to become the president of Brazil.

In the land of samba and bossa, Brazilian election campaign jingles are a must for any serious presidential hopeful. But the latest jingle has triggered a formal complaint to the country’s electoral commission (France24).

Dilma Rousseff surged ahead of her main rival in his home state bastion, an opinion poll showed, as she looked headed for a mandate-boosting outright win in the Oct. 3 election (Reuters).

The top election official in a northeastern state of Brazil was wounded when gunmen fired at his car in an assassination attempt, the country’s electoral authority said (Reuters).

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GOVERNMENT

The Brazilian government has tightened restrictions on unfettered land purchases by foreigners, renewing concerns among investors (Reuters).

Read the profile of Finance Minister Guido Mantega at Reuters.

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DEFENCE

Aircraft maker Embraer signed an agreement with Chile’s government to help develop a military transport plane, as it seeks to diversify from its core market of regional commercial jets (Reuters).

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a bill to reorganize the country’s defense ministry. The bill would authorize more power to the ministry, add several ruling positions and create three secretariats which consist of 488 new positions. Lula said the new law would show Brazil’s determination in strengthening its national defense. Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said that it would better safeguard the country’s sovereignty and give more power to police on the national frontiers (Xinhua).

SECURITY

The Military Police of Brazil announced that they will begin their preparation towards the security of the 2014 World Cup. The Pacaembu stadium, home to the Corinthians soccer team, will be the location of the group’s first simulation (Xinhua).

A woman has been killed in a shoot-out after armed men burst into a tourist hotel in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro (BBC).

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