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Elections: convenience and opportunism

Elections: convenience and opportunism

Marcelo Rech

Last Thursday, 7, we had the beginning of the free electoral propaganda for the second round of the presidential elections.

The two finalist candidates look at the political capital of Marina Silva of almost 20 million votes.

However, we should not delude ourselves with more and more promises.

Dilma Roussef is far from being a defender of the environment or of the ethics in the politics and José Serra believes that the world revolves around his own navel.

It will be a tremendous disappointment to see Marina supporting any of them.

The second turn will be marked by the convenience and the opportunism.

We won´t have serious debate and, even less, transparent candidates.

A serious politician would be analyzing carefully the numbers.

More than 24 million Brazilians didn´t vote. Almost ten millions cancelled or voted blankly.

They protested, made clear that they were not feeling represented.

Added up to the ones who justified their votes, we have a contingent near to 50 millions. That in an electoral college of 135 million Brazilians.

In spite of the clear message that came out from the ballot boxes , the finalists will probably keep the artificial posture and the easy speech about health, job, education and security.

Complex and crucial themes will continue outside the agenda.

Structuring reforms will happen only after the formation of the new government, when the elected president will have to show exceptional skill in the distribution of the jobs.

Most likely, we will have a Legislature still full of substitutes, since deputies and senators will be called to occupy spaces in the federal and state extents.

Only a question will be urgent: the vote of the Budget for 2012.

The Partido dos Trabalhadores (in English: Party of the Workers) made majority in the Chamber of the Deputies and in the Senate, where the political rules are made, but the PMDB (in English: Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) won´t forget they debt for its support to Dilma, even with her being defeated on the day 31.

The opposition will take Aécio Neves as main leader; a modern politician who reached more than seven million votes in a state where the presidential candidate of his party not only lost, but also reached poor three million votes.

Marcelo Rech is a journalist, editor of the InfoRel, specialist in International Relations, Strategies & Policies of Defense and Terrorism & Counter-insurgency. E-mail:

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