Brazilian opposition slams government

Brasilia, Sep 29 (IANS) Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), the country’s main opposition, has slammed the federal government for the country’s current economic status, the media reported.

Several prominent PSDB politicians, including former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, criticised the government during a television address on Monday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.

Brazil is going through a recession and there is a 30.5 billion real ($7.4 billion) 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.

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.

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