Brazil lawmakers back bill against corrupt politicians

BRASILIA- Brazil's senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would strip corrupt politicians of their right to public office after 2.5 million fed-up voters signed a petition forcing its passage.
The measure, which has already sailed through the lower house of congress, has to be promulgated by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to become law.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
The text comes after a long string of corruption scandals smearing all of Brazil's major parties, and was voted on ahead of October presidential and legislative elections.
It states that any politician convicted of electoral corruption, illegal vote snaring or embezzlement of public money will be barred from being elected for a period of eight years.
It reflects "society's indignation" at graft by Brazilian politicians in the past, a senator with the ruling Workers Party, Aloyzio Mercadante, said.
Most Brazilians -- 68 percent, according to a Sensus Instituto survey published this week -- believe political corruption has worsened in their country.
Transparency International, a group that measures corruption around the world, said in its 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index for the public sector that Brazil ranked 75 out of 180 countries -- a relatively poor position putting it barely ahead of China and Swaziland.

Thursday, May 20th 2010

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