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BRAZIL POLITICS: Nigeria, Brazil Unite to Improve Food Security

BRAZIL POLITICS: Nigeria, Brazil Unite to Improve Food Security

“Nigeria sees Brazil as a very special partner with shared historical and cultural similarities. We want to deepen the corporation between us. We have great admiration for Brazil and will want it to include Nigeria in the More Food Programme policy. We need soybeans and want to improve our beef production. We don’t look after cattle here because of shortage of water. There is also the perennial clash between farmers and herdsmen,” Ogbeh said.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Freezes Rousseff’s Assets Over 2006 Refinery Deal

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Freezes Rousseff’s Assets Over 2006 Refinery Deal

Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached last year for breaking budget rules, was chief of staff for President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the time of the refinery purchase and chaired the Petrobras board of directors.

In 2014, when the operation was being investigated for alleged graft, then-President Dilma Rousseff said she had been given incomplete information by directors responsible for the deal.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Congress Sets Up Fund to Cover Lack of Campaign Finance

BRAZIL POLITICS: Congress Sets Up Fund to Cover Lack of Campaign Finance

The fund was meant to be part of improvements to Brazil’s discredited political system to reduce a proliferation of parties that has made it hard to govern Latin America’s largest nation without unwieldy coalitions based on self-interest.

“It is shameful that this fund will be used by unethical politicians who should not be sitting here in Congress,” said Julio Delgado, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). “Not a single lawmaker under investigation has opposed it.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Leads in 2018 Vote Despite Graft Conviction: Poll

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Leads in 2018 Vote Despite Graft Conviction: Poll

Lula would beat all potential contenders in a runoff vote, the poll said, expect in an unlikely contest against Sergio Moro, the judge who convicted him of corruption in July. Moro has repeatedly denied being a candidate.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Popularity Drops to 3 Percent

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Popularity Drops to 3 Percent

The number of people who see Temer’s management “bad” or “very bad” has jumped to 77 percent from 70 percent, while 16 percent deem it “acceptable.”

When asked whether they trust Temer, 92 percent said no. A total of 2,000 residents of 126 Brazilian cities were surveyed September 15-20.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Aims to be Brazil’s Trump

BRAZIL POLITICS: Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Aims to be Brazil’s Trump

“Trump faced the same attacks I am facing – that he was a homophobe, a fascist, a racist, a Nazi – but the people believed in his platform, and I was rooting for him,” Bolsonaro told Reuters in an interview this week in his office in Brasilia, decorated with the portraits of five military presidents from Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship.

A seven-term congressman, Bolsonaro is emerging as the law-and-order and anti-corruption candidate for the October 2018 vote. His support is fed by a surge in violent crime and Brazil’s worst-ever graft scandal, which has implicated much of the political class, including President Michel Temer.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Reinstate Protection for Amazon Reserve

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Reinstate Protection for Amazon Reserve

The Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement that President Michel Temer’s administration had decided to revoke an August decree abolishing the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca), an area of roughly 17,800 square miles (46,100 square kilometers) or slightly larger than Denmark.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Army Deploys in Rio Slum as Drug-Related Violence Worsens

BRAZIL POLITICS: Army Deploys in Rio Slum as Drug-Related Violence Worsens

The violence in Rocinha is one more sign of the backsliding since the launch of a “pacification” program in 2008 to reduce violence by pushing out drug gangs and setting up permanent outposts in the city’s more than 1,000 favelas.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Government Not Considering Privatizing Petrobras: Temer Says

BRAZIL POLITICS: Government Not Considering Privatizing Petrobras: Temer Says

“It was an important and daring decision to open Eletrobras capital to private investors,” Temer said, referring to a decision announced last month to sell a controlling stake in Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (ELET6.SA), Brazil and Latin America’s largest utility.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

Conservative Temer, who replaced leftist President Dilma Rousseff last year after a controversial impeachment, faces strong opposition himself amid corruption charges.

His government’s approval has plummeted according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

Temer’s earlier corruption charge, that he took bribes from JBS executives, was blocked in August by his allies in the lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Despite the lower house’s move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. His term ends on January 1, 2019.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, already a front-runner in the next year’s election despite facing multiple corruption cases, calls himself the victim of a “witch-hunt,” arguing that the financial charges brought against him are meant to prevent his return to power.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot  Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

A corruption scandal involving cartels of companies bribing officials for public contracts has enveloped most of Brazil’s political elite with Janot expected to issue another charge against Temer in coming weeks. Temer defeated a first corruption charge from Janot, when the lower house of Congress voted not to allow it to proceed to trial.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

According to the new charges, Lula da Silva maintained authority in state affairs and engaged in the fleecing of money even after he was replaced by Rousseff due to his influence over her.

Following Rousseff’s ouster from office and the rise of current President Michel Temer to power, the attorney general added, members of his party in Congress then took over the leadership role in the corruption scheme.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Brazil Wasn’t Meant to Be the Crap That It Has Become’: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says

“There’s still hope for this country. It wasn’t meant to be the crap that it has become. The country is too great for this”, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Says the former president told supporters at a rally in Feira de Santana (Bahia). Lula has stated that he plans on running for the presidency again in 2018.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

“Every day, new information comes in on other corruption cases involving the government. The more of this that comes to the attention of voters and Congress, the greater the chances of us getting the votes to remove Temer,” said Paul Pimento, from leftist Workers’ Party.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Politicians Not Yet Keen to Fight Corruption’: Judge Moro

BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Politicians Not Yet Keen to Fight Corruption’: Judge Moro

“Unfortunately, I see lack of vigorous attitude from Brazilian authorities regarding problem of corruption,” said Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Raise Taxes, Freeze Spending

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Raise Taxes, Freeze Spending

Brazil’s’s renewed austerity effort is justified by President Michel Temer’s year-long administration as necessary step to rebuild trust with investors.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Escapes Trial on Graft Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Escapes Trial on Graft Charges

The vote by the committee prompted other lawmakers to shout “Temer out!” and “Purchased vote!” while others responded by saying “Long live Temer!”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Guilty of Corruption: Judge Sergio Moro

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Guilty of Corruption: Judge Sergio Moro

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rose from childhood poverty to become a two-term president, was convicted on corruption charges.

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