Financial Times: A Crise e a Economia e o Futuro de Lula

Lula e PT no Financial Times: acusações de corrupção - Lula deve sair do PT (isto é análise política ou recomendação de investidor estrangeiro?).

O artigo abaixo que está saindo no Financial Times demonstra que é impossível alguém defender a tese de que a política (e a corrupção) no Brasil nào vão ter nenhum impacto sobre a economia. O interessante é que ao final os jornalistas ingleses concluem que a solução para Lula talvez seja largar o PT.

Tensions near breaking point in Lula's party

By Richard Lapper and
Jonathan Wheatley
Published: September 17 2005

For the 840,000 members of Latin America's biggest leftwing party, these are stressful times. Just under three years after its leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva became president of Brazil, the Workers' party (PT) has been enveloped by accusations of corruption.

Tomorrow's internal elections, when party members vote for a president and executive committee, will highlight deep divisions in an organisation whose unity has been one of the most predictable features in Brazil's political landscape. "People are really fed up," says Tarso Genro, a former minister who took over as provisional party president after his predecessor was forced out. "The mood among militants is really bad. Many people feel betrayed."

At the heart of the dispute are the group of leaders who have charted the party's course from far-left to centre and orchestrated alliances with centre and rightwing parties that made possible Mr Lula da Silva's election victory of October 2002. Leaders of the so-called "majority camp", led by José Dirceu, a hardline former clandestine organiser who once underwent plastic surgery to disguise his appearance, has dominated the party machine for a decade.

Four years ago at the last internal elections it secured well over half the 83 executive committee seats, routing leftwing factions. In government it has clamped down on internal debate and policed support for the conservative fiscal and monetary policies that first helped stave off financial crisis and then paved the way for economic recovery.

Mr Lula da Silva will have to distance himself even more from his former comrades. So acute is this tension that some analysts suggest this could eventually force the president to leave the party.

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