Brazilian Election Results 2014 - Runoffs!

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As I've been discussing here on the blog, this past Sunday was elections!

It was quite a controversial election, in that a lot of what many were already dreading came true.

Brazil is a huge country, and with so many political parties, it's really hard to have an outcome a true majority will be happy with. There's also a big lack of education on what actual government plans are, what each position entails, and whatnot, but I digress.

The Elections for President ended up in a runoff between the incumbent, Dilma, and Aécio Neves, who is from PSDB, the political party that was in charge before PT took over in 2002.

The runoffs will be interesting because both parties are very different. PSDB claims to be left of center, although compared to most parties in the country, are considered to be very right leaning. PT is a very leftist party, but which has implemented many right leaning programs over the past few years.

Both, however, are promising a series of social programs, investment in education and health, and changes in the tax systems.



Here's a little bit of what each is promising and who I favor on each topic:

External Affairs 

Dilma 
Priority is Latin America. She wants to strengthen Mercosur and other alliances in the region, and also create alliances with other developing countries in Africa and the other BRIC nations. She sees the US and EU as last priority in strengthening ties.

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Aécio 
He wants to reevaluate Mercosur and Brazil's role in it. He also wants to create a series of bilateral and global ties strategically. He wants to create a new bloc which encourages free trade throughout Latin America, including Mexico, and create commercial ties with the EU.

Here, I would side with Aécio. I agree Brazil needs to open its doors more, especially to richer countries, and show itself as more of a leader in Latin America, which has been tough, considering we've been closing our doors more than opening them in the past years. 

Economy 

Dilma 
Has been very vague, except for saying she's going to substitute our current minister, Guido Mantega. Overall, she talks a lot about combatting inflation and increasing the economy... whatever that means.

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Aécio 
Wants to reduce inflation to 3% (from the current 4,5%), and increase investment from about 16-24% of GDP. He's also announced he's going to have Armínio Fraga as his minister, who is an ecnonomist who has oftentimes been called the "Alan Greenspan" of Brazil. He has served as the head of the Central Bank. Aecio also wants to create tax reform in his first 100 days in office.

Here, I would also side with Aécio. He has plans, which is more than what Dilma has. It's almost as if she's afraid to say something so that she doesn't get attacked. And Armínio Fraga is a reknowned economist who did well when he was head of the central bank 

Social Programs 

Dilma 
She wants to maintain social programs, which have been successful in her first term. She wants to maintain the controversial Bolsa Família, and add incentives to municipalities that offer more space to children in daycares to poor children.

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Aécio 
Is going to keep Bolsa Família and restructure it so that families that are more needy are receiving more funds. He also wants to measure the level of poverty in Brazil according to the pNud.

Here I would side with Dilma. She knows her programs worked and wants to make them better. Aecio just wants to piggy back on them and make statistics known, which haven't helped in the past, so why would it now? 

Public Service

Dilma 
Promises to raise daycare availability and make education for children from 4-5 mandatory, by 2016. She wants more full time schools (20%). She wants to raise the "Ciências Sem Fronteiras" program for Brazilian students to study abroad and bring back knowledge. She wants to create a new Police Academy and keep encouraging more doctors, which she sees as a solution to the poor health system. She also wants to integrate our police and military (like they worked for the World Cup).

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Aécio 
He's going to lower the criminal processing age to 16 in extreme matters and wants to raise the role of the Justice Ministry to share the role with states. He wants to invest 10% of GDP in health and wants to raise full time schools as well.

Here Dilma is more direct in what she's going to do and provides actual solutions, which I think Aécio falls short on, despite both being going towards the same direction. 


Overall, I think Brazil will be okay. But that things will certainly change if Aécio is elected they will, but we're not so sure about what will happen if Dilma is, considering most of her plans are to keep what she's started. Let's see in a couple of weeks how it turns out!

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