Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate defends economic growth figures

09:08, June 23, 2010      

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Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff, who was Brazil's former Chief of Staff, criticized on Tuesday the anti-government remarks by opposition presidential candidate candidate Jose Serra, who questioned the positive GDP figures released earlier this month.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazil registered a growth of nine percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year.

On Saturday, in an interview with a local TV station, Serra questioned the figures, saying that the country's growth was actually lower than the figures released by the government.

Rousseff refuted Serra's statement, stressing that Brazil is indeed experiencing growth in the Lula administration, "unlike in the past government", in which Serra was minister of health.

"You can be in the opposition, but you do not need to root against the country," she said.

Rousseff said that she expects Brazil's growth to hit six or seven percent by the end of the year. She also commented on the positive job generation figures registered in the past few months, saying that she expects the Brazilian economy to generate 2.2 million jobs by the end of 2010.

In the first five months of the year, Brazil created a total of 1.26 million jobs.

Source: Xinhua


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