Brazil's Lula says not to cut back on travel toward end of his term

13:05, June 08, 2010      

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday that he would not reduce his travels around the country in the remaining months of his term in office.

In his weekly radio show, Lula said he could not cut back on his working hours, as there were still many projects under the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) to be inaugurated.

There has been public criticism over the slow progress of the PAC, an infrastructure plan the government launched in 2007, since more than half of the projects have yet to be started.

"I will have much to do, I want to do it and I will not stop," he said, adding that his trips may extend to cover the weekends, so he could inaugurate "as many projects as possible before December 31" when his term ends.

In January, Lula suffered a hypertensive crisis that forced him to skip a trip to Davos, Switzerland, where he was to receive an award at the World Economic Forum. The president's doctors said the problem was caused by stress, and advised Lula to travel less.

Source:Xinhua

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