Wind of change in Brazilian politics

Dhaka,  Tue,  27 June 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 14:08:19
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Wind of change in Brazilian politics

Brought to power last October by a historic win in the city’s elections, Mr Joao Doria paints himself as an outsider workaholic trying to bring modern management techniques to a political system gridlocked by corruption in Brazil, according to a global media report Wednesday.

A successful businessman and skilful marketer -- he hosted the Brazilian version of US President Donald Trump’s former reality TV show The Apprentice -- he is being touted as a possible candidate in next year’s presidential elections. 

In a country struggling to emerge from its worst recession on record after 13 years of leftwing governments, Mr Doria is the first of what is expected to be a new breed of politicians riding the disgust many Brazilians feel for the country’s old political classes. 

Since millions took to the streets in 2013 to protest against government waste in the country’s hosting of the Fifa football World Cup the following year, Brazil’s middle classes have increasingly been clamouring for an improvement in the country’s poor public services, analysts say. 

The involvement of politicians from across the political spectrum in a giant corruption scandal at Petrobras, the state-owned oil company, has only reinforced this trend. 
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