Bulgaria-Descended Dilma Rousseff Said to Outshine Merkel, Clinton

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria-Descended Dilma Rousseff Said to Outshine Merkel, Clinton A handout picture of Brazilian presidential candidate, Dilma Rousseff, a favorite in the polls for next month elections, who became a grandmother after the birth of her first grandchild, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 09 September 2010. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Brazilian ruling party's presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff, whose family came from Bulgaria, is expected to outrank Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, and Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, should she win the elections on October 3.

"As head of state, president Dilma Rousseff would outrank Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, and Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State: her enormous country of 200 million people is revelling in its new oil wealth. Brazil's growth rate, rivalling China's, is one that Europe and Washington can only envy," the Independent commented on Monday.

According to the article her widely predicted victory in next Sunday's presidential poll will be greeted with delight by millions.

"It marks the final demolition of the "national security state", an arrangement that conservative governments in the US and Europe once regarded as their best artifice for limiting democracy and reform. It maintained a rotten status quo that kept a vast majority in poverty in Latin America while favouring their rich friends."

The candidate of the ruling Brazilian Workers Party is expected to win the majority of votes she needs in the elections on October 3 and avoid a run-off vote.

In Bulgaria dailies, magazines, broadcasting and television stations are closely following the Brazilian presidential electoral campaign and many journalist are ready to cover the event in situ next October 3 when the Bulgarian descendent could be chosen to rule over the world's seventh largest economy.

The country is said to have been trapped by a "Dilma fever" given the almost certain victory of the Brazilian ruling party's presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff whose family came from Bulgaria.

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Nellieherself - 29 Sep 2010 // 04:35:31

"Once she takes over, Rousseff will carry the burden of demonstrating that her predecessor’s policies were indeed sustainable while at the same time introducing ideas of her own."

Ideas of her own? What ideas can a Bulgarian granny have for managing a nation like Brazil? She is Lula's puppet, I tell you! He is probably banging her as well. Have you ever seen a photo of him with his wife? Never! He is everywhere with this bimbo. And who is Lula anyway? Just some union parasite. No breeding, no class, no education. Brazilians are stupid vermin.

Dino the Athenian - 29 Sep 2010 // 04:06:15

Once she takes over, Rousseff will carry the burden of demonstrating that her predecessor’s policies were indeed sustainable while at the same time introducing ideas of her own.

A quiet but efficient civil servant, Rousseff has never faced the wrath of an electorate, never mind the destructive anger of jealousy within a party. Her presidential bid, almost entirely pushed by Lula himself, did not enjoy a unanimously warm welcome in the Workers’ Party (PT). She had not belonged to the party for that long—joining in 2001—and many resented her appointment. Moreover, the party is filled with old-school and aging politicians, many of whom are uncomfortable with the idea of a female president—she would be the first in Brazilian history.

A strong opposition party will find it easier to attack Rousseff betting that she will never be as popular as her charismatic mentor. The moderate conservative Brazilian Party of Social Democracy (PSDB) is a well organized political machine. Its leaders feel that Lula has been unfairly credited with Brazil’s many recent successes, while he was really building on solid foundations first introduced by his predecessor, the PSDB’s Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

The party’s presidential hopeful is former Sao Paulo governor Jose Serra, an experienced and successful politician. Like everyone else, Serra is only mildly critical of Lula in public. If recent televised debates are any indication, he will be a harsher critic of Rousseff.

Rousseff should prepare for tough popularity battles abroad. The international community and in particular Western financial media came to respect Lula only after his policies yielded impressive results. The new president will find it hard to push for new measures facing a defensive audience.

International media is also anxious to see how the new president will manage Brazil’s new status as a powerful emerging economy and influential actor in international relations. Lula raised the country’s profile enormously. Rousseff’s experience in the international arena is limited; but she will inevitably face difficult questions, mainly on new economic and political partnerships struck with countries like Iran.

In Latin America, two important tests await Rousseff in her capacity as a left-wing leader: Cuba’s gerontocratic dictatorship is about to unravel, and Venezuela’s president Hugo Ch?vez is losing popularity while holding on to his tight grip on power. Regional leaders will undoubtedly seek Brazil’s guidance in dealing with these issues. Again, Rousseff’s diplomatic credentials will be tested and compared against those of Lula.

Brazilians are granting Lula one more vote of confidence in accepting his anointed successor. If they do not ask her to be just like him, Dilma Rousseff might well shine in her own right.

Nellieherself - 29 Sep 2010 // 03:58:04


"Dilma will face an Exchange Crisis and she has no experience to prevent the crisis."

Don't worry, Lula will not allow his puppet on a string to fail. If she fails, he will have to give up the good life.

Jerry - 29 Sep 2010 // 03:31:53

Dilma will fail as Argentina and Chile failed for a female Presidents.

Brazil has twenty-six States and a Federal District which means you have twenty-seven countries in one. Each State has a culture that will define its needs and relevancy. This is furthered the country has no Patriotic spirit but the National Soccer Team.

Dilma will face an Exchange Crisis and she has no experience to prevent the crisis.

Nellieherself - 28 Sep 2010 // 02:15:38

How much do you want to bet that Lula is banging her?

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