Brazilian President Vows Not to Seek a Third Term

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says he will not seek a third consecutive term as Brazil's leader, but will try to influence the choice of his successor who might come from outside his ruling party. "When a political leader begins to think he is indispensable, and cannot be substituted, a little dictatorship is born," Lula said in an interview in O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper on Sunday.

    The former factory worker, who won the presidency of the world's fourth-largest democracy in 2002 and was re-elected last year, revealed what he is going to do when his term finishes in December 2010: "I'm going to make my grilled rabbit, which I haven't done for five years."

    Although Brazil's constitution bars a president from a third consecutive term, Lula could try to muster political support to change the laws if he wanted to, as his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, did to pass an amendment allowing leaders re-election to a second term.

    The question of whether he will do so, or who might succeed him, is already a talking point in Brazilian politics less than a year into his four-year second term.

    Lula, who gives interviews sparingly, said he would seek a big say in promoting his successor. "I will not stay neutral. I want to reach the end of my term in a strong position in order to influence the succession."

    The candidate might not necessarily be from the Workers' Party, or PT, but from another party in the ruling coalition, he said.

    "From the PT or not from the PT is a problem for the party to decide," he said. "The important thing is that the PT is ready to talk and that people are ready to have a single candidate."

    He mentioned Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who belongs to the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, and Ciro Gomes of the Brazilian Socialist Party, as people to watch. It was also possible Brazil could have a female president, he said, without naming names. His chief of staff, Dilma Rousseff, is one of the most influential women in Brazilian politics.

    A burly, charismatic figure, Lula rose from poverty in the Brazilian Northeast to the leadership of this country of 185 million after starting his political career as a union leader opposing the 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

    He has won praise for stabilizing the economy with conservative fiscal policies that have brought prosperity to many, and he remains hugely popular with the poor for his welfare programs, mainly the one known as Bolsa Famí­lia (Family Voucher).

    He said the ideal candidate to succeed him would continue present policies, including improving the lives of the poor and investing in public works.

    The economy, which has seen exports boom, foreign reserves amassed and inflation under control, was his biggest success, he said.

    When asked his biggest mistake, he said only: "My frustration is not to have done more than I did."



    • Show Comments (27)

    • Ric

      Well, I wish you well. Stay out of the sun.

    • Shelly

      Ric, you got it I am a redneck…FROM RIO!
      😉 😀 😉

    • Ric

      “…if he lives today, I donÀ‚´t think this company has a future.”
      DonÀ‚´t share that thought with his boss.

      Few Americans care what the rest of the world thinks about anything, except that the Eastern Elites care.

      One way to find out if youÀ‚´re upper middle class, or part of the cultural elite: if you or your family have to take out mortgages when they move to a new house, youÀ‚´re not. If you really have it, you pay cash. If you have to finance anything, you are middle class.

      If the richest member of your family buys a new home and you and your brothers go over to help him take the wheels off and set it on blocks, youÀ‚´re a Redneck.

    • Shelly

      Anti-Americanism: a clinical study
      Good essay!! Ric, read maybe you will see who is clinically in need of a check up! I don’t envy your country, your culture or your wealth. I came from a family where our lifestyle was/ is better than most Americans and Brazilians. I arrived here because hubby was invited by a company to sort some of the issues out–they couldn’t find one person here to do his job, if he lives today, I don’t think this company has a future. I don’t need to live here, I came through the front door and a lot of the immigrants are here for financial reasons, not our case. We have seen the world as kids, my father is very successful businessman and I went to private school- the best of what he could afford and have homes in other states. How many Americans or even Brazilians do you know that[b]OWN t[/b]heir homes at the age of 50? Hum, not that many and at the age of 40 my father had not only one, but two houses. The psychotic person, the one that cannot take a little bit of criticism here is you–reality is a bummer to swallow, I know, I know… As I said it before, I can travel anywhere I want with my little green poop passport and won’t have a problem. I don’t feel inferior, actually I see myself as blessed, not superior to my fellow human beings.

      Brazil is a third world country with a lot of issues, some I don’t think it will ever be solved as long as we have novela, samba, football and PRAIA. We are on a path of self destruction, with the Amazon problem, education, violence, etc… see the difference between me and you? I can take criticism and would never call a fellow Brazilian “anti-Brazilian” for pointing out at the deficiencies of our country. I would rather someone to say something, then wear rosed colored glasses and miss the opportunity to change the course of our history.

      We, in America, have a lot more opportunities to help others and to do what is right, maybe more so than any other country on the planet.Nevertheless, this is a country where the opposite is also true, and right now, if people don’t complain it will only get worse.

      My favorite part:

      “Last summer, with France on his mind, the British historian Paul Johnson graced the pages of Forbes Magazine with this trenchant observation: “Anti-Americanism is racist envy” [1]. Lest anyone miss the point, the best-selling author quickly rephrased it in more accessible language: “France is not a democracy.” His novel insight could hardly be dismissed as mere anti-Frenchism for the simple reason that the word does not exist. In fact, neither does anti-Polishism, anti-Spanishism, or even anti-Vaticanism. (Each one googles in the single digitsÀ¢€”the modern definition of nonexistence.) With over 115,000 Google hits, anti-Americanism stands alone: a living testament to US exceptionalism.”

      “…The Brits lap up foreign barbs, the Germans practice contrition, and the Russians make a fine art of self-deprecation. Meanwhile, to the keen eye trained in the art of national stereotyping, [b]Americans can appear unjustifiably thin-skinned and allergic to self-criticism”[/b] AHHHH, I knew it! When I complain that the US isn’t a country for me, what is the reaction from Americans: she is being anti-American…humm can’t take criticism?

    • Ric

      Got a little under your skin, did we? Just asking, from some comments you made, is your Brit husband one of those pasty looking white guys with bad teeth, or a passport holder from one of the former colonies?

      Are you on anything?

    • Shelly

      From above and beyond
      Have you though about that maybe once a person gains knowledge and REALLY sees America for what it is, for example in some areas of your society you are not far off from how a third world country, and again, you are the world’s superpower, Katrina anyone…? Health care anyone…? You old folks go to CANADA to get prescription, please you treat your own citizens with less dignity-Did you learn this with the Brazilian government? In my case I have experience with two different countries and do prefer England over this place-the English are wonderful people with a great sense of humor and are truly a friend once you get to known them. Are you actually saying that ALL educated Brazilians have a problem living here? This is EXACTLY, the kind of American psyche that puts people off. Ah, Stereotypes, you put everyone in one bag and judge on that basis. I see a bigger issue here, maybe for the first time you have encountered someone that can actually argue about issues and support it with facts, maybe you (Americans) have a problem with that. I have lived in Europe and traveled extensively while living in England, therefore I can compare and make a fair assessment of where I want to stay and educated my children. One thing is certain, in The Netherlands, children are better adjusted and learn a lot more in school than your kids and teenagers. Here you have to learn about the French Revolution in college, BUT you do (some people will) catch up latter on. This is why you have to take general education classes in college, whereas in Europe you learn about history, geography, etc in high school or during your A levels.

      You call me anti-American, you probably don’t even know what that word means. This is a word commonly used today for anyone against the war, against the violence, against dumbing of the education system, against the crisis in the health care section, against the poverty, against prejudice–Katrina???, against Bush…Being anti-American is more than just a complaint about something, before using words, try to think and see what it really means, because I could call you a child killer, a warmonger, a thief..but I am not like you and I know that not everyone in this country supports the Iraq war, wants to see children succeed in school, wants a fair society for all…

    • Ric

      Once More From The Top
      The most anti-American Brazilians that I have met include those who have lived or studied in the states. I donÀ‚´t know why this is. But an expert analysis of this phenomenon by someone trained in psychology, sociology or history would probably turn up some conclusions that would not necessarily be flattering to the Brazilian psyche.

    • Shelly

      I agree, alcoholism is an addiction. In my opinion, the slave trade by the British, the Arabs, the Dutch, the Egyptians, Romans…see where I am going? Is horrible and right down disgusting. I also agree that drugs are the cancer of every society, however, the Dutch are not the biggest consumer as CH.C likes to portray. Other drugs are far more used in England and the US. Actually, the U.K. will surpass the US on cocaine in a year or so. Just to a search on google “drug usage between England and the US”… Why poison yourself with something that destroys the body, the mind and society. Just look at the crack, meth, cocaine addiction and what it does to everyone around…

      As for trying to “defend my way of life around the world”, you sure hell can count on me to defend my way of live. I give Brazil credit when it deserves and slashes it when I see fit. Think of your own history and how foreign policy has created SOME, NOT all of the issues in Latin America and around the world, and stop crying like a little baby when someone goes against the US. I will give credit to this country and will complain when I see that things aren’t done right. I have all the legal right to do so. I think I am fair, however, Americans like to sugar coat the social problems of this country and usually think this country is pure perfection ( I am still looking for the Utopia, please if you find it let me know, and please, correct me if I am wrong), just remember the teacher’s salary issue in Loundoun County and the cost of living…some said that “yes, you can live here with $40K (2008 will be $48K), until I put a link to local organization saying exactly the opposite. Also, I am here legally, pay shit loads of taxes and work hard. I will not impose my culture onto others, I will keep my traditions inside my home, my two older kids can speak 3 languages and I want to keep it that way.I don’t go outside wearing the “yellow, green and blue flag” or even associate myself with the Brazilian community that much. Reason being that I am way too busy with my family and I just don’t have time. Where I live, people keep themselves-to-themselves and I have half an acre for a reason!

      Funny you say we want to wave our flags around the world wherever we are. I remember in the U.K. a group of engineers from Lockheed TX living there, which in the end they end up staying in Sussex for about 4 years. American Flags outside their homes, kept themselves within their own community and they complained about every single little tit-for-tat, sounds familiar don’t you think?

      I am the sort of person that believes that “if you are not happy, then F yourself somewhere else”. Believe me, we are just going to do that, thank you very much, good luck to those staying here, however my way of life doesn’t fit with the values of this country. I have said this before, the US lifestyle isn’t for everyone.

    • forrest Brown

      so if you can be addicted it is a drug ???
      So would that not make LULA an addic as his driking is a big deal in the world .

      drugs all of them from the leagle to the ones we all wage war on are a a drain on socity

      also look at the dutch and the early slave trade , the poregues and there black ships from japan ,look at brasil and its politicans and there path ( the physopath )way they run the country into the ground and never have fear of the law .

      yes we get a belly full of CC but we also get tired of flag waveing brasilians trying to defend there way of life all over the world .
      and point the finger at whom ever they can to hide there faults as you all do

    • Shelly

      [b]As for the most addicted to drugs, you are such an idiot. Have you taken your Zyprexa today? You should have gone to my school here in McLean and seen some of my students burnt by the use of inhalants.[/b] ????
      you go to (University of Amsterdam)
      click on statistics
      scroll down to where it says, “drug use in the population of 12 years and older…”


      Hey, hey, I can’ hear you Ch.C???

    • Shelly

      USA and The Netherlands drug use comparison
      ugo to (University of Amsterdam)
      click on statistics
      scroll down to where it says, “drug use in the population of 12 years and older…”

    • Shelly

      3rd part
      Below, comparison and you have proven to be from Brazil, Europeans would never make this silly mistake.

    • Shelly

      Ch.C have you taken your Zyprexa today?
      I think, the idiot here is you…you poor old sod. Anyway, as to my knowledge of my country and Europe, I rather not waste my time with you. As for the most addicted to drugs, you are such an idiot. Have you taken your Zyprexa today? You should have gone to my school here in McLean and seen some of my students burned by the use of inhalants, it looks beautiful and they walk around the hallways high and we cannot remove them from school.
      illicit drug use per state:

      Do a little search before you vomit your crap and please give us links to your data, do you know what plagiarism is?

    • Ric

      Words to Live by, More there is Not!
      Yes, they just demonstrated how idiots they are….my bad for thinking otherwise…..the U.S. imagine to be the policeman of the world…Throw Mama from the train a kiss.

    • João PInga

      [quote]because there is a law which forbid this[/quote]

      The above quote alone shows that Koster has spent very little time in Brazzzzzzzzzil. 😉

    • ch.c.

      To Ceestic (hummm) Shelly and Koster !
      You just demonstzrated how idiots you are !

      Are Dutch people not the most drug addicted in developed countries ?

      And if am wrong in my forum comments, feel free to demonstarte how, where and why !
      This is what I expect…if you are only half knowlegable !!!!!
      Just read the world rankings (not mine….sorry for you idiots) of Brazil in :
      – doing business (122 out of 175)
      – wealth inequality (10th….from the bottom)
      – crime rate by the citizens ( 6,5 more than the already violent USA)
      – crime rate by the deaths sqauds and the police forces
      – education (from Jornal Hodje…owned by Globo : the worst out of 34 countries…in their own tests )
      – infrastructure and paved roads (only 10 % of paved roads and half of these 10 % with millions and millions of potholes)
      – tens of millions citizens undernourrished while exporting over US$ 50 billion in agricultural products….YEARLY ! Great country isnt it ?
      Ohhhh this is just to name a few withion many more !

      Anyway, Welcome to this site : please read with attention the articles published…you will know about Brazil more in 2 months than during your past lifetime !

      Noo no…I am not talking about my comments…..but the published articles !!!!!!!
      And if I am wrong in my comments, feel free to correct me by providing your numbers AND your sources ! If you dont mind !

      Hey hey

    • bo

      [quote]Brasil is an example for the world, people are living in peace and good harmony.[/quote]

      LOL..koster, do you call 60,000 people murdered a year “peaceful and harmonic”? How ’bout 45 million living on less than 2 dollars a day? 🙁

    • bo



    • Shelly

      bad medicine…
      We all have bad attitude here from time-to-time, we all need help…I like to participate, enough of the PC stuff. Sugar coating issues does not make anything better. Here at least we have an opportunity to educate people.

      [b]You are wrong. I have European entry, I can live and work anywhere I want in Europe. I have British citizenship, dear. Also, if a company sponsor’s you under the 30% tax rule you CAN get a permanent entry. What I was asking has more to do with life in the Netherlands than anything else. Also, the Brazilians in Rotterdam are there for DIFFERENT REASONS, not my case…why can’t you just accept that I am a woman with more brains than bunda ?? Got a problem with a little bit more intelligence? Such a macho attitude.[/b]

      The problem is Ric, I have lived in Europe and North America and some people cannot put up with the fact that I have a little bit more experience on that front. I am not showing off, I just present things as I see it, sometimes I am wrong, nevertheless I like to learn from my mistakes and here I have fun debating with others.

      And as for climate change, say goodbye to some parts in New York, Florida, some parts of California, Louisiana, Alabama, TX…etc just think about the millions of displaced people, where are they going to live? Oh, maybe you are so selfish that you don’t give a hoot about others, my bad for thinking otherwise.

    • Shelly

      crap, I meant life!

    • Shelly

      You are wrong. I have European entry, I can live and work anywhere I want. I have British citizenship. Also, if a company sponsor’s you under the 30% tax rule you CAN get a permanent entry. What I was asking had more to do with live in the Netherlands than anything else. Also, the Brazilian’s in Rotterdam are there for DIFFERENT REASONS, not my case…why can’t you just accept that I am a woman with more brains than bunda ?? Got a problem with a little bit more intelligence? Such a macho attitude.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]then your people sold Manhattan to the Brits in 1664.

      Why wasnt I briefed about it in 1664? Is there any possibility of the Dutch buying back Manhatten,financed by Ch.c?

    • Ric

      Sheese, Koster
      Why did you assume that Ch.c was American? His English certainly doesnÀ‚´t indicate that. He lives in Switzerland.

      Shelly is evidently unaware that immigration into The Nederlands is currently not possible. The Brazilian girls in Rotterdam are evidently there on short-time visas.

      I have met some hard-headed dutchmen in northern Washington State and found them to be honest dairy farmers and good tractor mechanics. Also in Michigan.

      Greetings from the great Amazon jungle. There are a few galegos in the NE that trace their ancestry to the Dutch, and a ruin in Belem. Unfortunately the Portuguese outsmarted your ancestors at every turn, then your people sold Manhattan to the Brits in 1664.

      You seem to have a Bad Attitude. I hope you can get some help with that. I wish you and your countrymen all the success in the world in the time left before Global Warming cuts your land mass by 50%.

      Your views on Brazil are heartwarming, appreciated, quaint, naive.

    • Shelly

      Cess Koster
      Ch.C is not European or American!! He doesn’t have a drop of European blood…He is a frustrated Brazilian in disguise!!! The worst of its kind, the kind that will stab you in the back while patting your shoulder… Fear not my friend, I am glad that you see that we have a lot of potential and we I have hope for the future…can I ask you about a few questions about the Netherlands? Reason being is that my husband has been offered a job and we are thinking about moving back to Europe ( can wait to get away from here, also I have British citizenship and my hubby is a Brit). I used to know a lot of Dutch people in Rio, you guys are awesome and are very welcoming. Have you been to Olinda and Holambra? A lot of dutch history in the north of Brazil, you know, I wish you guys had put more of a fight in Brazil… 😉 Take care!!!

    • Cees koster

      who are you f**** arrogant gringo american to have always comments upon Brasil. I assume you are from the States. What is the reason, do you live in Brasil or something else. I am from The Netherlands ( Europe ) and I can tell you Brasil is a fantastic country with very nice and friendly people with different ethnic backgrounds, Arabs, Jews,Chinese, Koreans, Europeans and Africans, from all Continents. Brasil is an example for the world, people are living in peace and good harmony. There is no terrorism, nature disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis etc. I was there several times and I am looking forward to go back in November/December ( Summertime ). There is no discrimination and racism because there is a law
      which forbid this. Violence is all over the world. Don’t point out to Brasil all the time. So, look to your own country and in the mirror.The U.S. imagine to be the policeman of the world, Big brother is watching you.But there are also a lot of misunderstandings just as in Europe. .You know, there is a saying: Brasil, the country of the future and that will always be. So what. They are trying to change in their way and we, as the first world, don’t need to teach them to do it in another way.
      They can do it by them selves. So, Mr. Ch.c this is my comment and do what you want with it but don’t blame Brasil all the time. I don’t like that. Viva Brasil, here we come !!!!!
      Brasil is my favourite and 2nd home country.
      I am waiting for your comment.

    • ch.c.

      “When a political leader begins to think he is indispensable, and cannot be substituted, a little dictatorship is born,”
      But this is exactly what Lula did for 20 years BEFORE he was elected….and also after !

      Yesssss Lula is a disguised dictator governing by applying no rule of laws, no accountability, full of rosy promises, and
      with total corruption allowed for every single political party from left to right !

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