Accession Number : ADA487166
Title : Brazil-U.S. Relations
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Ribando, Clare M
Report Date : 28 Feb 2007
Pagination or Media Count : 30
Abstract : On January 1, 2007, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, of the leftist Workers' Party (PT), was inaugurated for a second four-year term as President of Brazil President Lula defeated Geraldo Alckmin, former governor of the state of Sao Paulo, of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), in a run-off presidential election held on October 29, 2006. Lula captured 61% of the votes as compared to Alckmin's 39%, winning handily in the poorer north and northeastern regions of the country but failing to carry the more prosperous southern and western states or Sao Paulo, the country's industrial and financial hub. President Lula has been working to make cabinet appointments and to form a governing coalition capable of pushing his agenda through Brazil's notoriously fractured legislature His immediate tasks are to boost Brazil's lagging economic growth and to address the issues of crime and violence. Some analysts predict that ongoing corruption investigations involving President Lula's PT party may undermine the strength of his second term in office.
Descriptors : *UNITED STATES , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *BRAZIL , POLITICAL PARTIES , ELECTIONS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN)
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE