President Dilma Rousseff acknowledges “many problems and challenges” in the country’s woeful health system but is defending her record on the economy and education as she campaigns for re-election in October.
Monday’s 15-minute-long interview on the Globo television network was a testy affair. Journalists repeatedly grilled Rousseff about corruption scandals that plagued her term, as well as those of her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Rousseff declined to comment on the 2012 trial involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme that saw top officials of her party. But she did acknowledge persistent problems in the public health care system.
Despite anemic indicators, Rousseff predicted the economy would improve in the second half of the year.