Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the plane crash that took 116 lives - almost half of them French

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

  • Live: ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

  • Air Algérie crash: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

Brazil's President Rousseff launches re-election bid

AFP

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff formally launched her re-election bid on Saturday, leading in opinion polls despite lingering discontent over World Cup costs.

Her leftist Workers Party (PT) approved her candidacy in a voice vote of 800 members meeting at a convention in Brasilia, with the popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on hand.

"It is time to move forward, it is time to make more changes," the 66-year-old leader told her party in a hotel convention hall decorated with red stars and posters of the president.

Rousseff's popularity has fallen but she leads her rivals ahead of the October presidential election, with 39 percent of voters backing her candidacy, a survey by pollsters CNI Ibope showed Thursday.

The former guerrilla member, who was jailed and tortured during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, is well ahead of Social Democratic Senator Aecio Neves, with 21 percent, and socialist ex-governor Eduardo Campos, a former ally, with 10 percent.

The PT convention turned into a defense of the World Cup, with promises of changes in a new Rousseff administration following protests over hosting the tournament that began June 12 and ends July 13.

Party members chanted "one, two, three, Dilma one more time" and "Lula, warrior of the Brazilian people."

"The World Cup is scoring goals against the pessimists, those who said it would not take place," Rousseff said.

- Smaller protests -

Some voices within the party called on Lula to run for president as Rousseff's popularity fell, but the former leader, who left office with an 80 percent approval rating, has backed his successor.

"Many people have this feeling. But everything has its moment. Lula himself told us that she was the candidate. It's important we vote for her," said Nadia Araujo, 47, a PT member who was unable to enter the packed convention.

Brazilians held massive demonstrations during last year's Confederations Cup, a warm-up to the main football event, to protest the World Cup's $11 billion price tag and demand better public services.

The public frustration coincides with a cooling economy.

Once boasting red-hot growth, Brazil's gross domestic product rose by just 0.2 percent in the first quarter and is forecast to expand by 1.63 percent this year.

The protest movement has lost some steam, however, drawing smaller crowds during the World Cup but with sporadic clashes between riot police and masked radical protestors.

The anger seeped into the opening game as a crowd of fans chanted insults against Rousseff when she attended the match between Brazil and Croatia with a dozen foreign leaders.

At the PT convention, Rousseff renewed her call for a plebiscite on a reform of the political system, one of the demands of the protestors.

She listed the social, economic and political actions taken by her government and said Brazilians want changes to continue "in the hands of those who showed that they have the capacity" to undertake them.

Her vice president, Michel Temer of the center left PMDB party, also attended the convention. But another ally, the Brazilian Labor Party (PDT), confirmed it was now backing Neves.

Date created : 2014-06-21