15 Jun 2009

Presidents of Iran and Brazil

I have been following Iranian presidential elections and and actually found some kind of similarities with Brazilian presidential elections which took place some years ago. Not for those rallies we have been watching in Iran but for the presidents themselves.

President of Iran, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, resembles a lot Mr. Lula, the Brazilian President, with regards to its ideology. Both of them, talk about what most of people want to hear, or to be more specific, they are that ones called “populists”.
Perhaps this is the chief association between them.

Mr. Lula as well as Mr. Ahmadinejad, promise everything to that ones called poor or to that ones shunned by society. They vow to struggle against nations that subjugate other countries (of course when they talk about this they are referring to ONE country - the US) and make alliances with countries potentially seen as partners. They also give the impression that they are the only solution to solve all problems.

Well, they are shrewd politicians.

Mr. Lula, despite his government having been implicated in all kinds of corruption, was able to win a second term due to his ability of managing difficult matters such as economy. He also succeed in getting a huge numbers of votes in reason of being wise and knowing how to hide corruption from voters. Rather than talk about embezzlement he only talked about the growth of economy. As well as Mr. Lula, the President of Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad, utilised the same rhetoric. In their points of view, economy is more important than corruption, so, why speak about it?

Now, Mr. Ahmadinejad won another term to run his country. His opponent, Mr. Mousavi, has been telling that this election was a fraud. However, I don’t think so.
That ones who voted for Mr. Ahmadinejad are the sorts of people who see in him a representative of the Iranian people. As a whole, Iranians love when he says he want to see Israel wiped out of the map or when he confronts the US. This kind of defiance is seen as a relief by its people. The same occurred when Mr. Lula said that he would take from the rich and give to the poor. When the masses listen to this type of speech, they feel themselves delighted for having a leader who "really" cares about them. Nonetheless, it’s nothing but only a speech because what actually interest them is the power.

Next year we will have presidential elections. The group of Mr. President Lula, has been managing to find a way to allow him to run a third term. However he says that he is not intending to run one more term (I don’t believe that) and pointed out his Ministry of Civil House, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff, as his potential candidate to 2010. Likewise, she is also populist and - what’s worse - she was a left-wing guerrilla who took part in armed fighting in earlier 60’s! She described herself as a subversive person engaged in subversives activities.

What a future holds me!
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