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joepbr
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9/6/2014 2:04:57 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
It's election season in Brazil, in October 5 we'll elect president, congress, governors and state/district assemblies. Although the political system in Brazil is similar to the American one (a presidential republic with bicameral legislature and a federal system), elections in Brazil are quite unique, specially due to some "eccentric characters", like these ones: http://www.nytimes.com....

As a Brazilian I'm interested in debating and discussing anything related to this years election. The presidential race is specially interesting, since we might be the first country to elect an environmentalist to office (I created a topic about it here: http://www.debate.org...)
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lannan13
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9/6/2014 9:47:34 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Who are the canidates and what do they represent? What are the dcurrent hot topics in Brazilian political policy?
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joepbr
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9/6/2014 8:06:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 9:47:34 AM, lannan13 wrote:
Who are the candidates and what do they represent? What are the current hot topics in Brazilian political policy?

The presidential elections have been dominated by two parties since 1994: PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party), which despite being created with the intention of being a European-like Social Democratic party have drifted towards the right after it came to power and had to face a left wing opposition by forming alliances with right wing parties; and PT (Workers' Party), the left wing party that is in power since 2002, which has also drifted from a strict socialist stance to a more social democratic one (in Brazil almost every party is closer to the right than their names might suggest - some of most right wing parties have names like "Progressive Party" and "Democrats").

The candidates of these two main parties are Dilma Rousseff, current president and candidate for re election from PT, and Aecio Neves, opposition candidate from PSDB. But this year's election have been different from the others since Marina Silva entered the race. She was candidate in the last elections for PV (Green Party) in 2010 finishing third with almost 20 million votes, but this year she joined the campaign of Eduardo Campos from PSB (Brazilian Socialist Party, which despite the name is closer to the center than PT) after she didn't had her new party approved in time to run for this year's elections. Eduardo Campos died in an accident last month, so Marina Silva was nominated PSB candidate in his place, and has become the favorite to win the race according to the polls.

There are also several candidates from minor parties without actual chances of winning, like a far right wing evangelical Pastor from PSC (Social Christian Party), a new candidate from the PV who was noted for touching in polemical issues that the other candidates tried to avoid in the TV debate, like abortion and drug legalization, and a bunch of communist candidates.

Among the main issues in discussion, are a political reform, which have been discussed for years without result, and is seen as very important, since the population is very dissatisfied with the political class, which became obvious after last year's June Protests (http://www.theguardian.com...), Brazil also has a terrible bureaucracy, with an extremely complicated tax system that is pointed by many annalists as one of the biggest hindrances for the development of the country. Education and health are other important issues, although the country have improved in several issues, the development in educations is still sluggish, Brazil also has the biggest public health system in the world, but this system is overcrowded and lacking enough staff and funds to deliver a good service to the population. . There are many other issues, but you know politicians, they prefer to spend their time demonizing their opponents than actually discussing the most important issues for the country.
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charleslb
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9/7/2014 3:18:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/6/2014 2:04:57 AM, joepbr wrote:
It's election season in Brazil, in October 5 we'll elect president, congress, governors and state/district assemblies. Although the political system in Brazil is similar to the American one (a presidential republic with bicameral legislature and a federal system), elections in Brazil are quite unique, specially due to some "eccentric characters", like these ones: http://www.nytimes.com....

As a Brazilian I'm interested in debating and discussing anything related to this years election. The presidential race is specially interesting, since we might be the first country to elect an environmentalist to office (I created a topic about it here: http://www.debate.org...)

Brazil (of course one could say the same about every inauthentically democratic country) needs a revolution to break free from the dominion of the world-system, not another sham election that will merely place in power neoliberalism-brainwashed compradors of the transnational capitalist ruling class.
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