By Maria López Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The President of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), Valdir Raupp, affirmed last Monday that his party will attempt to join forces with the ruling Workers' Party (PT) to present a slate of candidates in six states across Brazil this October. This statement followed a Sunday meeting with President Dilma Rousseff meant to play down fears that the alliance between the PT and the PMDB is deteriorating.

"The PT only has fixed candidates, if memory serves me right, in thirteen states. Besides that, there are other states that . . .

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