Opposition presidential candidate criticizes Brazilian government's "unfair" campaigning

12:22, June 22, 2010      

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The Brazilian opposition's main presidential candidate Jose Serra on Monday criticized Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of using the government machine to promote the ruling party's presidential candidate, former Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff.

According to Serra, when polls indicated that the electors were worried about the rise in the crack cocaine's consumption in Brazil, Rousseff started talking about the subject and the government launched a large program to fight the crack cocaine traffic in the country.

"It is an almost perfect manner to use the machine. The candidate speaks and the government launches the plan," he said in an event sponspored by a local newspaper.

Serra also accused his adversaries of using "terrorist" tactics to try to undermine his image, especially in the internet. He denied that he would make more privatizations and close the government's university loan programs if elected.

"I never said I would do that. There are a lot of crazy things spread,” he said.

Serra admitted that running against Lula's candidate would be tough as the president has a very high approval rate. However, he stressed that he is the candidate who represents advances.

Source: Xinhua


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