By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, June 11th, Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party (PT) opened its fifth conference in Salvador, Bahia, trying to garner optimism while plagued by plummeting popularity and widespread corruption scandals. Concerns about the divisions within the party have been so great that President Dilma Rousseff cut short her participation in the European Union-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Summit to return for the opening ceremony of the PT Conference.

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