October 3, 1992 |
Itamar Franco became Brazil's acting president Friday and immediately created controversy by naming a little-known politician from a poor state to the key post of finance minister. In a low-key ceremony that lasted four minutes, Franco, formerly vice president, took over from President Fernando Collor de Mello, who was stripped of power by a vote of Congress on Tuesday. Franco's first appointment was Rep. Gustavo Krause as finance minister.
September 30, 1992 |
Soon after Fernando Collor de Mello was elected president in December, 1989, he scheduled a meeting with Itamar Franco, his vice president-elect. Collor kept Franco waiting three hours, then bluntly told him that his opinion wasn't needed for selecting a Cabinet. Now, the tables are turned. It is Collor, 43, who is suffering humiliation and the 61-year-old Franco who is riding high.
March 31, 1994 |
Brazil's general election campaign got off to an official start when Finance Minister Fernando Henrique Cardoso announced his candidacy to succeed President Itamar Franco in the Oct. 3 elections. Cardoso, widely expected to run, said he will campaign on an anti-inflation platform based on his economic stabilization program.
February 2, 1993
Brazilians are focusing increased attention on a constitutionally mandated plebiscite, scheduled for April 21, that could do away with their presidential system of government. Their choice: Retain the current system, switch to a parliamentary system or resurrect a monarchy overthrown in 1889. If the plebiscite changes the form of government, Congress will have until Jan. 1, 1995, to work out details.
July 18, 1994 |
Brazilian soccer players have long memories, which is why the World Cup victory tour will begin in Recife, a town 1,800 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro. Last year, when Brazil suffered its first qualifying-round defeat--to Bolivia in La Paz--the team was besieged by criticism from throughout the country, where the loss was viewed as nothing short of a national disaster. Except in Recife.
December 19, 1994 |
Brazilian troops will patrol the beaches here throughout the summer as part of a larger campaign to crack down on crime, Globo newspaper reported Sunday. The anti-crime operation, ordered by President Itamar Franco on Oct. 31, is mainly directed against drug trafficking in the city's shantytowns. Over the past month, troops have occupied a number of slums for up to several days, confiscating both drugs and arms and reportedly reducing drug dealing in those areas.