The Associated Press is reporting that Brazilian environmentalist and former Presidential candidate Marina Silva has left the Green Party. From the San Francisco Examiner:
Silva won a surprising 20 percent of the vote in the first round of last year’s presidential election in Brazil. Her candidacy rallied interest in the nation’s Green Party.
But she’s had differences with party leaders over the direction of the party, and says it has lost the “political vision” she would like it to have.
In 2009, Silva left the governing Workers Party, which she had helped found three decades earlier. She bolted after being ousted as environmental minister.
It is widely expected Silva will run for the presidency in 2014. But her announcement Thursday gives no hint of her political plans.
Meanwhile in Germany, police found pot plants growing in flower boxes at the Green Party office in Thuringia. From Business Insider:
The police are investigating the Green party office for drug law violations, though the initial defense given was that the plants were grown for “producing hemp”.
The Christian Democrats in the region have jumped on this as a chance to criticize the Greens.
Wolfgang Fielder, a Christian Democrat state member of parliament told the newspaper Thüringische Landeszeitung that any Green party member who participated in or knew about the cannabis-growing “must resign their high parliamentary office.”
When asked how the cannabis got to the Green party office, a party spokesman, Daniela Hoffman Weber claimed ignorance and said “that would interest us.”
She added that, “no one will seriously believe that we’re making hemp here.”