President Michel Martelly welcomes re-election of Dilma Rousseff

Haitian heads of state President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe have sent their heartiest congratulations to newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Martelly expressed the government of Haiti looks forward to ". . . its commitment to strengthen and consolidate the relations of friendship and cooperation that exist between Haiti and Brazil."Rousseff, who ran as a Workers Party candidate, barely edged out Aecio Neves, winning 51.64% to 48.36%. She was able to amass a huge campaign war chest and ran ads promising to lift the living standards of the poor, and they turned out in great numbers to vote for her.


Rousseff has her work cut out for her because Brazil's economy is projected to grow only 1% in 2015, down from 7.5% in 2010, prior to Rousseff taking office. If she doesn't put Brazil's fiscal house in order, the country's credit rating will be downgraded next year.

Knowing what is at stake Rousseff says she is committed to working ". . . with political adversaries and business leaders alike to usher in a new era of economic growth." She has also reached out to investors concerned about the dire state of Brazil's finances, telling them she will dedicate her second term to fiscal rigor and anti-inflationary measures.

Local businesses are demanding Brazil reform its tax code and pension system, burdening public finances. Rousseff does not disagree with them, but shows a disinclination to work with Congress to pass needed legislation, a major downfall of her administration.

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