Off to a Good Start
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has
achieved a lot in his first year in office. His reform agenda next
year promises to be as challenging as it has been in
I wrote in this magazine a year ago,
during the tense 2002 presidential elections, that whoever won
would face a challenging reform agenda. I wrote that reforms
were needed, To release the immense potential of a
hardworking, creative and dynamic society.
Another important point I raised last year was that the
media had exaggerated the depth and extent of President Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silvas leftist convictions. I also
mentioned a few challenges. He and his Workers Party (PT) had
to overcome the temptation of adopting heterodox, or
unconventional, economic policies. Lula also had to negotiate
with conservative leaders, the very individuals he had spent
much of his political career opposing, to build a political
base for his government in Congress.
Both these challenges have been met with flying colors. Lula
has built a majority in Congress composed of parties from a
variety of ideological...
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