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Is Lula’s popularity rubbing off on his chosen successor?

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on February 5, 2010

by Inter-American Dialogue, Febrauary 5, 2010.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva‘s chief of staff and handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, finally said openly last week that she ‘would like very much to be nominated to succeed’ Lula. A Sensus poll released Feb. 1 showed Rousseff’s support jumped seven points since November to 27.8 percent, while São Paulo state Gov. José Serra, who has been leading the polls, saw a less than two percentage point increase since November to 33.2 percent. Is Lula’s high popularity finally rubbing off on Rousseff? What issues are driving the race ahead of the Oct. 3 election?
Roberto Teixeira da Costa, board member of SulAmérica and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue: “There is no doubt that Ms. Rousseff is gaining momentum in the polls. President Lula is really committed to promoting her as the Workers’ Party candidate for the presidency. In the last few months, the president has taken her along wherever he goes, making her a national figure with full exposure. Taking into consideration the high level of support that the president and his government are enjoying, and leaving aside her lack of charisma, there is no doubt that she is a very strong candidate to govern Brazil. Gov. Serra is in general seen as better prepared to run the country due to his experience, but he is not a star in terms of his charisma and communication capabilities. Until now, he has taken a very cautious attitude…(continue reading)

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