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Brazilian opposition intensifies TV campaign against government

Xinhua, September 29, 2015 Adjust font size:

Brazil's main opposition party, Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), increased criticism against the federal government in a national television address Monday evening.

Several prominent PSDB politicians, including former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Sao Paulo state governor Geraldo Alckmin, criticized the government for the country's current economic scenario.

Brazil is going through a recession and there is a 30.5-billion-real (7.4 billion U.S. dollars) deficit in the 2016 federal budget proposal.

"The economy is going badly, and the president is a hostage of her allied parties in the Congress," said Cardoso.

The PSDB politicians also highlighted many campaign promises had not been fulfilled. Senator Jose Serra, another party leader who ran for president twice, said the government had no interest in solving Brazil's problems, focusing only on efforts to win the election.

Senator Aecio Neves, who lost last year's presidential election to President Dilma Rousseff, said PSDB will take a stance against the government's recent proposals on tax hike.

The attacks occur in a moment when Rousseff is trying to overcome political tensions with the Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), her largest allied party.

Many prominent PMDB figures prefer cutting ties with the Rousseff administration and join the opposition.

The president is expected to announce by the end of the week a cabinet reform, which will most likely feature more ministerial positions to PMDB politicians and other allied parties. Endi