(Reuters) By leaving Venezuela under the cover of night and skipping a funeral ceremony for its late leader Hugo Chavez this week, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was once again trying to chart out a more moderate brand of leftism and send a clear signal to investors and diplomats.
Rousseff began a delicate dance of mourning while also keeping a certain distance from Chavez's legacy just hours after his death on Tuesday. In a speech, she expressed admiration for the socialist leader but also pointedly added that Brazil "did not entirely agree" with many of his hardline policies.
Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have over the past 10 years espoused a more pragmatic, business-friendly set of policies than Chavez, who was well-known for lashing out at Washington, expropriating companies and intimidating his political rivals.
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