Brazilian centrist political party, the Democrats, on Thursday nominated Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia for President. Brazilians vote in presidential and general elections in October. The party was the first to formally name a presidential candidate. They did so at a national convention Thursday, adopting an electoral platform and naming new members of the party’s national committee. The platform emphasizes fiscal and business-friendly reforms, a nationwide war on crime and corruption, and policies to end deep poverty in the country. In accepting the nomination, Maia said, “I rise to the challenge of developing, with the Brazilian people, a pact that will bury the old and backwards ways of Brazilian politics.” The par ty did not name a vice presidential running mate. In his speech, Maia said the party is open to alliances with other like-minded parties. Maia, 47, has served in Congress, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro, since 1999. In 2016, he was elected Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. As Speaker, he has worked closely with Brazilian President Michel Temer on fiscal and other reforms. Recent polls have shown Maia with public support as a presidential candidate well under 10%.
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