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Dec 1, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff taps business leader for trade post

BRASILIA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff named business leader Armando Monteiro on Monday to
head the industry and trade ministry in a new sign of more
market-friendly policies as she tries to restore investor
confidence and reignite economic growth.

Monteiro, an industrialist and senator from the northern
state of Pernambuco, led Brazil’s most powerful business lobby,
the National Industry Confederation, from 2002 to 2010.

Nov 28, 2014

Brazil’s Levy has tough task to mend finances, regain trust

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Incoming finance minister Joaquim Levy faces tough hurdles, including resistance from within the ruling party, as he sets out to restore order to Brazil’s messy public accounts, regain investor confidence and get a stagnant economy moving again.

The fiscal conservative picked by President Dilma Rousseff after her narrow re-election will have to deal with a budget that leaves little room for substantial cuts, and fierce opposition to austerity measures from within the ruling Workers’ Party.

Nov 21, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff struggling to limit Petrobras scandal’s damage

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – President Dilma
Rousseff expects a bribery scandal at state-run oil company
Petrobras to deteriorate in coming months, aides say, with
arrests possible for some political allies and potentially
serious damage to an economy that is already struggling.

Prosecutors say corrupt officials siphoned billions of
dollars from Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company
is formally known, into the coffers of several parties including
Rousseff’s Workers’ Party.

Nov 17, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff tries to boost U.S. ties but state visit up in the air

BRASILIA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Dilma
Rousseff, who canceled a White House trip last year in anger
over U.S. spying revelations, now wants to improve ties and
reschedule the state visit – but some U.S. officials warn it
might not be that easy.

A debate in Washington over whether and when to re-extend
the invitation to Rousseff reflects persistent diplomatic
strains between the Americas’ two largest economies, which have
long struggled with different philosophies on trade how to
handle regional flashpoints such as Venezuela and Cuba.

Nov 5, 2014

Analysis: Brazil’s Rousseff to rein in excesses – for a while

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A quick belt-tightening, and then back to business as usual.

That appears to be the strategy in coming months for Brazil’s newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff, who is trying to win back the business community’s confidence without sacrificing her leftist agenda of reducing poverty and ensuring a strong state presence in the economy.

Nov 5, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff to rein in excesses – for a while

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A quick belt-tightening, and then back to business as usual.

That appears to be the strategy in coming months for Brazil’s newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff, who is trying to win back the business community’s confidence without sacrificing her leftist agenda of reducing poverty and ensuring a strong state presence in the economy.

Oct 27, 2014

Leftist Dilma Rousseff narrowly wins re-election in Brazil

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election on Sunday after convincing voters that her party’s strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than an ongoing economic slump.

After the closest, most divisive campaign since Brazil returned to democracy three decades ago, Rousseff won 51.6 percent of votes in a runoff against centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves, who won 48.4 percent support.

Oct 27, 2014

Leftist Rousseff narrowly wins second term in Brazil

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Brazil’s leftist
President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election on Sunday
after convincing voters that her party’s strong record of
reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than
a recent economic slump.

After one of the closest, most divisive campaigns in Brazil
in decades, Rousseff won 51.6 percent of votes in a runoff
against centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves, who won 48.4
percent support.

Oct 25, 2014

Brazil’s election too close to call on eve of runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday’s presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil’s tightest election in decades.

A survey released on Saturday by polling firm Ibope gave Rousseff a 6-percentage point lead over Neves, while a closely-watched poll by Datafolha showed the incumbent ahead by 4 points, within the survey’s margin of error.

Oct 25, 2014

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

BRASILIA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Presidential candidates traded
accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last
ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday’s election
runoff in Brazil’s closest race in decades.

In the final television debate of a bitter campaign, leftist
President Dilma Rousseff and pro-business opposition candidate
Aecio Neves sparred over who was best suited to restore growth
to a stagnant economy, fight inflation, bring down rents and
deal with open sewers in Brazilian cities.