Monday, 30 October 2006

Lula re-elected

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has won a run-off vote against a conservative rival (61% to 39%) and will commence a second term as Brazil's president.

The victory was largely die to Lula's popularity among Bzazil's poor. And while he was criticised by many left-wingers for his more conservative than expected macroeconomic policies after the last election, Tarso Genro, the minister for institutional relations, was quoted in The Guardian as saying that Brazilians could expect a departure from the orthodox economic policies of the government's first term:
[Low] growth rates, a neurotic preoccupation with inflation, without thinking about income distribution and growth - this is over.
I guess we'll see.

Lula himself said:
The people felt that their lives have got better. There is no contest to this. Because the people felt it on their plates, on the table, in their pockets.
*Photo from AP, via the SMH.

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