The realization of the Seminar on June 1st 2006, called “The Rights of the Indigenous Peoples and the Advance of the Agribusiness”, in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil, tried to discuss especially the situation of the Tupinikim and Guarani indigenous peoples in Espírito Santo, considering the advance of the eucalyptus monoculture.
Brazil: Brazilian president Luiz In‡cio Lula da Silva will win a second term in office by a wide margin in the general election in October, a poll showed yesterday.
The poll, carried out by the Ibope Institute for the National Industry Confederation, showed that his government's popularity had recovered from a corruption scandal last year that had severely damaged its standing.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil has narrowly failed to win re-election outright in the first round of the presidential election.
Lula needed at least 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off on 29 October, but fell about 1% short, officials say.
He will now go head to head with former Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, who took 41.4% of the vote.
by Frei Betto
São Paulo - The greatest merit of Lula's government is having effectively contributed to reducing social inequality in Brazil. In 2002 our country occupied a shameful 3rd place in social inequality in the world; today we are 10th, which is no reason to be proud, but it is an improvement in this populated country.
President Lula da Silva won re-election by a landslide in the run-off presidential vote on 29 October. Lula notched 60.8% of the total valid votes, 21 million more votes than his rival, the social-democrat Geraldo Alckmin. Lula's second government, however, will continue to face the corruption allegations that undermined his first administration, and it will do so in a more divisive political environment.