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GEISI HOFFMANN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL'S WORKERS' PARTY

June 04, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvav with Geisi Hoffmann Foto: Ricardo Stuckert/ Instituto Lula



Brazilian leftist activist Geisi Hoffman was elected as the new president of the Workers' Party, PT, on Saturday, making her the first woman to preside over the political party. She was elected on the final day of the three-day long PT 6th National Congress.

R7 reported that Hoffman, who represents the PT in Brazil's Senate, received 367 votes by delegates present at the event. Meanwhile, the runner-up, Lindbergh Farias, received 226 votes.

Nominated by PT's political platform, Building a New Brasil, and supported by former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, Hoffmann will lead the party over the next two years.

In her first speech as PT president, Hoffmann noted that she wouldn't place added emphasis on the party's errors in order for the “bourgeoisie and right to take advantage” of the situation.

“We're not a religious organization. We don't make a profession out of laying blame nor do we flog ourselves. In practice, we recognize our mistakes. However, over 500 years of this country, there has never been a government better than PT,” she said.

Hoffmann is a lawyer with a specialization in public organizations and financial administration management.

During Lula's first presidential term, Hoffmann served as financial director of Itaipu Binacional, the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy.

In 2010, she was elected senator of Parana state.

- Telesur



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