Brazilian presidential candidate says politicians divorced from masses

11:55, August 22, 2010      

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Brazil's politicians have lost touch with the Brazilian masses, a candidate in the country's upcoming presidential election said Friday.

Politicians needed to inspire Brazilians into getting involved with the political process, the Green Party's candidate for the Brazilian presidency, Senator Marina Silva said while campaigning here.

"Brazilian politics need, more than ever, inspiration," she said. "Politics has become commonplace. The link between politics and society is being lost."

Commenting on the government's sanitation policies, the candidate said the last administration couldn't meet people's needs. She called for partnerships with the private sector to expand the sanitation network in the country.

Senator Silva also urged reform of the public security sector, with more training and better working conditions for the police force.

"It is not good. We need to change and improve, it is necessary to reform the public security," she said.

Meanwhile, the candidate criticized the excessive use of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's image in the campaign, even by the opposition. She said she would not use the President's image indiscriminately, but would not hide the fact that she was affiliated to Lula's party for decades and held the post of his administration's Environment Minister for five years.

"In 30 years, my story has been connected to President Lula. I was his minister for five years," she said. "But I will be careful not to be opportunistic."

Source: Xinhua


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