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Feb 3, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff shifts Cabinet into election gear

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff on Monday picked a co-founder of her leftist Workers’ Party to oversee the Cabinet as Brazil gears up for October general elections, in which she’s expected to run for a second term.

She swore in Aloizio Mercadante as chief of staff, the lead Cabinet post, succeeding Gleisi Hoffmann who plans to run for governor of the state of Parana.

Jan 20, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff heads to Davos for first time to woo investors

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff will try to convince the world’s business elite in Davos this week that her country is still a good investment despite three years of mediocre growth.

The one-time Marxist guerrilla has decided to reach out to the rich and powerful for the first time at the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos to reassure them she is business-friendly and not fiscally profligate.

Jan 10, 2014

World Cup fans may soon see relief from pricey Brazil airfare

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Soccer fans daunted by rising airfares in Brazil during this year’s World Cup would be smart to steel their nerves just a little longer. Relief may be around the corner.

Next week Brazil is expected to authorize some 1,500 new domestic flights, expanding travel options between cities hosting games in June and July. Tourists should see a wave of new routes open up – and a bit of reprieve from soaring prices.

Jan 3, 2014

Brazil tries to calm markets with healthy 2013 fiscal data

BRASILIA, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff’s government pledged on Friday to keep spending under
control this year despite a general election and sought to calm
market jitters over a possible credit downgrade with healthy
fiscal results for 2013.

Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Brazil’s central
government exceeded its primary fiscal surplus target for 2013
of 73 billion reais ($30.47 billion) thanks to higher tax
collection and stronger economic growth. The primary surplus is
the excess of revenue over expenditure before debt payments.

Dec 3, 2013

Argentina jacks up currency controls to stem reserves loss

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Argentina toughened its
currency controls on Tuesday to stem a dramatic depletion of its
international reserves by making it more costly for Argentines
to travel abroad and buy foreign goods with their credit cards.

Shut out of financial markets since a massive default a
decade ago, the Argentine government for three years now has had
to burn up reserves generated mainly by grain exports to finance
its imports and pay debts.

Dec 1, 2013

Cuban doctors tend to Brazil’s poor, giving Rousseff a boost

JIQUITAIA, Brazil (Reuters) – They were heckled and called slaves of a communist state when they first landed, but in the poorest corners of Brazil the arrival of 5,400 Cuban doctors is being welcomed as a godsend.

The program to fill gaps in the national health system with foreign doctors, mainly from Cuba, could become a big vote-winner for President Dilma Rousseff as she eyes a second term in next year’s election despite fierce opposition from Brazil’s medical class.

Nov 7, 2013

Brazilian leader’s strategy bolsters re-election chances: poll

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is coasting into an election year as clear favorite, but she must do more to curb violence and corruption to maintain her popularity, a poll showed on Thursday.

Rousseff has been recovering from the pounding her approval ratings took after the massive protests in June against corruption, poor public services and the high cost of living, according to the poll commissioned by the private transport sector lobby CNT and conducted by pollsters MDA.

Nov 7, 2013

Dilma Rousseff’s strategy bolsters re-election chances – poll

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is coasting into an election year as clear favourite, but she must do more to curb violence and corruption to maintain her popularity, a poll showed on Thursday.

Rousseff has been recovering from the pounding her approval ratings took after the massive protests in June against corruption, poor public services and the high cost of living, according to the poll commissioned by the private transport sector lobby CNT and conducted by pollsters MDA.

Nov 4, 2013

Brazil’s local Internet data storage plan runs into opposition

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A government plan to shield Brazil from alleged U.S. spying by forcing global Internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country has run into mounting opposition in Congress, politicians said on Monday.

The legislation was proposed by President Dilma Rousseff following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency conducted surveillance on her emails and phone calls, along with those of average Brazilian citizens.

Oct 31, 2013

Brazil primary budget deficit soars to biggest since 2008

BRASILIA, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Brazil’s primary budget deficit
swelled to its biggest in nearly five years in September,
central bank data showed on Thursday, surprising economists who
had expected a surplus.

Brazil posted a primary budget deficit of 9.048 billion
reais ($4.1 billion) in September, contrary to
expectations of a small 100 million reais surplus according to a
Reuters poll with 14 economists.