EGP HOPES MARINA SILVA RUNS AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
The Spokespersons of the European Green Party have applauded the decision of former Brazilian Environment Minister, Marina Silva, to join the Brazilian Green Party ( Partido Verde do Brasil) after leaving the governing Workersâ€™ Party(PT) .
EGP CO-Spokesperson Ulrike Lunacek, who is also an Austrian Green MEP, said: â€œ We were absolutely delighted to hear that Marina Silva has joined our sister party in Brazil and that she is considering running as the Greensâ€™ candidate in the Presidential elections in 2010. Marina Silva has been a staunch defender of the environment in general, and the Amazon rainforest in particular, for decades. I had the chance to meet her in person at one of the World Social Forums in Porto Alegre and I was deeply impressed by her charisma and personality. Her uncompromising integrity and courageous defence of the Amazon in the face of unrelenting pressure from unscrupulous developers have earned her the respect and admiration of environmentalists and Greens in Brazil and indeed throughout the world.â€
EGP Co-Spokesperson Philippe Lamberts, who is also a MEP for the French-Speaking Belgian Green Party Ecolo, continued: â€œOn behalf of the European Greens, I would like to warmly welcome Marina Silva to the Global Green family. I am sure that Marina and the Brazilian Greens will be able to ensure that environmental protection and sustainable economic development, as well as social and environmental justice, are high on the political agenda in the run up to the Presidential election in 2010. We very much hope that Marina Silva runs as the Green Presidential candidate as her political experience and personal strength would make her an excellent candidate. We also hope that Gilberto Gil, former Culture Minister and world-renowned musician, decides to run as Vice-President. We wish both the Partido Verde and Marina Silva every success at this very exciting time.â€