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Mar 19, 2013

Brazil’s Rousseff as popular as ever

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian economy is hardly growing and inflation is rearing its head, but President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity continues to climb to new highs.

The personal approval rating of Brazil’s first woman president rose to 79 percent in March from 78 percent in December, according to a CNI/Ibope opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Mar 15, 2013

Brazilian oil states take royalty war to Supreme Court

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, March 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s main
oil-producing states asked their country’s Supreme Court on
Friday to overturn a new law that strips them of billions of
dollars in royalties levied on the output of rich offshore oil
fields.

The two biggest producers, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo
states, filed challenges with the court in Brasilia arguing that
the legislation is unconstitutional because it changes existing
contracts and violates Brazil’s fiscal discipline law.

Mar 8, 2013

Exclusive: Brazil likely won’t have new jets for World Cup

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has again delayed choosing a provider for 36 new Air Force jets, meaning the country likely won’t have any next-generation fighters available for security when it hosts the World Cup soccer tournament next year.

The Air Force sent embassies representing the three companies that are finalists for the $4 billion-plus deal a letter this week requesting they renew their applications, which formally expire on March 30.

Mar 8, 2013

Brazil likely won’t have new jets for World Cup

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, March 8 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has again delayed choosing a provider for 36 new Air Force jets, meaning the country likely won’t have any next-generation fighters available for security when it hosts the World Cup soccer tournament next year.

The Air Force sent embassies representing the three companies that are finalists for the $4 billion-plus deal a letter this week requesting they renew their applications, which formally expire on March 30.

Mar 7, 2013

Brazil Congress overturns Rousseff oil veto, Rio ups ante

BRASILIA, March 7 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Congress overturned a
presidential veto on parts of an oil royalty bill on Thursday,
setting up a prolonged legal battle with producer states and
prompting oil-rich Rio de Janeiro to order the suspension of
payments on the state’s obligations in protest.

Rio’s state government, which calculates a loss of 3.1
billion reais ($1.58 billion) this year alone because of the new
legislation, ordered the suspension of all payments, except
salaries to public employees, until the country’s Supreme Court
can rule on the royalty dispute.

Mar 4, 2013

Factbox: Five big decisions facing Brazil’s Rousseff

By Anthony Boadle

(Reuters) – Just past the mid-point in her first term, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces several difficult economic and political decisions that will define the rest of her presidency:

1) GO FOR DEEPER TAX REFORM?

Rousseff has acknowledged the need to overhaul Brazil’s tax system, which is considered by the World Bank to be the world’s most complex. But she has so far opted for targeted tax cuts – in part because she doesn’t think she can push a broader reform through Congress and its 24 squabbling political parties.

Mar 4, 2013

Five big decisions facing Brazil’s Rousseff

March 4 (Reuters) – Just past the mid-point in her first
term, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces several difficult
economic and political decisions that will define the rest of
her presidency:

1) GO FOR DEEPER TAX REFORM?

Rousseff has acknowledged the need to overhaul Brazil’s tax
system, which is considered by the World Bank to be the world’s
most complex. But she has so far opted for targeted tax cuts -
in part because she doesn’t think she can push a broader reform
through Congress and its 24 squabbling political parties.

Mar 1, 2013

Brazil launches program to build nuclear submarine in a decade

BRASILIA, March 1 (Reuters) – Brazil advanced on Friday
toward its target of joining the small club of nations that have
nuclear-powered submarines with the opening of a naval shipyard
installation that will build French-designed submarines.

President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the factory that will
make metal hull structures for four conventional diesel-electric
Scorpene attack submarines and eventually a fifth submarine
powered by a nuclear reactor developed entirely by Brazil.

Mar 1, 2013

Brazil starts program to build nuclear submarine in decade

BRASILIA, March 1 (Reuters) – Brazil took a major step on
Friday toward joining the small club of nations that have
nuclear-powered submarines with the opening of a naval shipyard
installation that will build French-designed submarines.

President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the factory that will
make metal hull structures for four conventional diesel-electric
Scorpene attack submarines and eventually a fifth submarine
powered by a nuclear reactor developed entirely by Brazil.

Feb 22, 2013

Brazil’s 2014 election campaign gets off to early start

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s 2014 election season got off to an unusually early start this week with the unofficial launch of President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election campaign by her mentor and predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Celebrating his Workers’ Party’s 10th year in power, Lula laid to rest speculation that he would run again by anointing Rousseff as the party’s best option to stay in power.