Former president Lula da Silva could challenge the 2014 elections (photo:dpa)

Brazil’s widespread strikes put Rousseff’s presidency to the test

President Dilma Rousseff is being criticised by public servants who are causing large-scale disruption in Brazil with a series of strikes. There is also growing discontent over the country's poor infrastructure, and worries over Brazil’s readiness to hold the 2016 Olympic Games. Mrs Rousseff is still getting high ratings in the polls, but if the problems persist, it could have a bearing on her bid for a second term in office in 2014.

WHILE large parts of the world have been suffering from the global economic crisis, Brazil is often touted as an economic success story, with growth rates of 7.5 per cent at its peak in 2012. But that growth rate is slowing to around two per cent as much ...

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 Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva
Consumer spending continues to be strong, which helps to explain Mrs Rousseff’s popularity, but there is much uncertainty about how long this will continue
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