January 19, 2007 / 8:38 AM / 13 years ago

FACTBOX-Brazil presidential candidates' campaign pledges

(Reuters) - Here are the main points in the campaign platforms of the two contenders in the run-off in Brazil’s presidential election being held on Sunday.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT - Workers’ Party)

* Expand social programs such as Bolsa Familia, which provides food and assistance to 11 million poor families.

* Keep raising the minimum wage.

* Keep walking the line between tight fiscal policy and growth. He pledges to deliver budget surpluses equal to 4.25 of gross domestic product and also lower interest rates, which at 13.75 percent are among the world’s highest.

* Expand the federal police. Security, always a concern in Brazil, has become a central campaign issue after waves of gang violence swept Sao Paulo state.

* Increase spending on education to counter youth violence and close the gap between Brazil’s rich and poor.

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Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB - Brazilian Social Democracy Party)

* Cut taxes and lower interest rates to steer more money toward productive investments.

* Improve conditions for businesses and attract investment in infrastructure with clearer regulations and less red tape.

* Streamline federal government and dismantle new ministries put in place by Lula.

* Create a new public security ministry to fight crime.

* Clean up government corruption.

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