November 17, 1988 |
President Jose Sarney's ruling center-right party, saddled with voter discontent stemming from the country's 700% inflation, was taking a beating late Wednesday from both the right and left in municipal election returns. In the mayor's race in Sao Paulo, Luiza Erundina, 53, a social worker and self-proclaimed Marxist, narrowly defeated millionaire businessman Paulo Maluf. Erundina, representing the Workers' Party, becomes the first woman mayor of South America's largest city.
October 9, 1987 |
Brazilian President Jose Sarney, lacking solid support from his majority party, is attempting to form a new political alliance more loyal to his administration. Sarney is asking politicians to sign a document that includes a pledge "to support the president in the actions that he deems appropriate in the legislative, governmental and political area."
July 12, 1988 |
Brazil's biggest political party, once firmly united against military rule, is breaking up in stormy controversy over its relationship with President Jose Sarney and his unpopular administration. The troubles in the Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement, or PMDB, reflect a panorama of political confusion in Brazil as the largest country in Latin America moves toward full democracy.
February 17, 1989 |
International pressure for the preservation of Amazon rain forests has triggered a defiant barrage of nationalist reaction in Brazil. President Jose Sarney has declared repeatedly in recent weeks that Brazil will accept no Amazon conservation proposals that infringe on Brazil's sovereignty. Some foreign proposals have called for international supervision of Amazon conservation programs as a condition for financial aid or foreign debt relief.
December 19, 1987 |
Finance Minister Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira resigned Friday in a dispute with President Jose Sarney over proposed tax and austerity measures aimed at reducing Brazil's huge government deficit. Bresser, who took the job in April, was the third finance minister to quit since Sarney took office in March, 1985. Like Bresser, the previous ministers resigned under the pressure of double-digit monthly inflation and the largest foreign debt--now $113 billion--owed by a developing country.
June 3, 1988 |
Brazil's Congress adopted a constitutional provision Thursday that will keep President Jose Sarney in office until March, 1990, a year longer than his opponents had hoped. The vote gives Sarney, a civilian who took office in 1985 at the end of 21 years of military government, a total of five years as "transitional" president.