Brazil's Serra slams president's policies

Nov. 21, 2003 at 4:33 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A former presidential hopeful slammed Brazil's president Friday saying his party is more interested in "power" than governing.

"It has been clear up to now that there has been (in Brazil) a project of power, not a project of government," said Jose Serra who assumed the leadership of one of the nation's top opposition parties Friday.

A former senator and minister of health, Serra lost the October 2002 election to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's first left-wing president in nearly 40 years.

However, Lula can expect to hear much more from Serra from now on since he assumed the leadership of the center-right Social Democratic Party.

Serra criticized Lula's economic policy and efforts at widespread reform, calling his government "a kind of Bolshevism without a utopia."

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