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SÃO PAULO — Over the past year, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has weathered waves of criticism over government fraud, financial mismanagement, and bloated public spending on infrastructure projects for mega sporting events like last year’s World Cup — and the outlook hasn’t improved since her narrow re-election last October.

A sagging economy and the biggest corruption scandal to ever hit the country have pummeled Rousseff’s popularity to its all-time lowest level, according a Datafolha poll released on Wednesday, with 62 percent of those surveyed describing their assessment of the president as “bad” or “terrible.” Only 13 percent thought highly of her. Read Full Article

Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Friday released the names of senior politicians it has authorised prosecutors to investigate for their alleged roles in a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras.

Supreme Court minister Teori Zavascki granted investigations into 47 politicians, including 12 acting senators and 22 acting deputies, under Operation Lava Jato, or Car Wash, that is probing the vast alleged kickback scheme.

Some of Brazil’s top politicians — including acting and former congressional leaders, senators, deputies, ministers, governors, and even a former president — could now face prison sentences, if tried and convicted.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Stocks and bonds of Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras slumped on Wednesday, after Moody’s stripped the company of its investment grade rating.

Petrobras shares on the São Paulo Bovespa stock exchange fell sharply on opening, and were still down 7 percent by 1 p.m. in the city (GMT1600), with the Ibovespa index down more than 1 percent at the same time.

The New York-based credit ratings agency announced late on Tuesday its decision to downgrade Petróleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, by two notches from Ba2 to Baa3 — from investment grade to speculative or “junk” territory. Read Full Article

Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — At least six people were detained and four injured, including a minor, in São Paulo on Friday night after a largely peaceful protest against recent price rises to public transit fares turned violent.

After following a route around the historic city centre, the march returned to the Municipal Theatre, from where it had begun — and shortly afterwards chaotic scenes broke out between protesters and security forces.

Police said they responded when a flare was let off in their direction, but the protest’s organizers, the Free Fare Movement (Movimento Passe Livre, MPL), said via Twitter that the security forces fired first and that those policing the event had set out to “ruin the protest with violence.”

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — The second major protest against a recent price hike in public transit fares this year ended in violence on Friday evening, with a number of protesters arrested in central São Paulo.

The demonstration and march, called by the MPL, the Free Fare Movement, gathered 3,000 protesters, according to police estimates; organisers said 20,000 attended. An Anadolu correspondent at the scene put the total at about 5,000.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Protests in Brazil’s two biggest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, calling for rises in public transport fares enacted earlier this week to be revoked, ended in violence on Friday.

In São Paulo, the event organised by Movimento Passe Livre (the Free Fare Movement, MPL) reunited up to 10,000 people, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent at the scene. Police put the number at 5,000 by the end of the protest, while the MPL said 30,000 people had participated.

The crowd marched around the city centre in protest at the 50-centavo price hike, which increased single fares on bus, local train and metro services to R$3.50 (US$1.33).

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed to fight corruption, restore economic growth, and put education at the heart of sweeping reforms during an inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

In her 40-minute address, the president acknowledged widespread public dissatisfaction with her government, saying that Brazilians had “sent (her) a message demanding change”, and vowed political reforms and nationwide action on corruption.

Rousseff said her second term in office would follow a simple motto — “Brazil: The Nation of Education” — that would put improving schools and universities, as well as improved access to them, at the heart of her new government.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected in one of the tightest and most bitterly-fought Brazilian presidential elections in the country’s recent history.

The results were confirmed to the Anadolu Agency by Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court on Sunday evening.

With over 99 percent of votes counted in the second-round presidential vote, Rousseff has 51.6 percent of the vote, beating rival Aécio Neves, who got 48.4 percent.

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