Brazil Election Result : Rousseff by a Whisker

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Rousseff re-electedBrazil Election: Rousseff by a whisker

Brazil’s ‘iron lady’, Dilma Rousseff, has narrowly won a second term in office with 51.6% of the vote, ahead of centre-right candidate Aecio Neves, who got 48.4% of the vote. She can thank the poorer Brazilians among whom she remains popular thanks to her welfare programs. Continue reading

It’s the Economy, Estúpido

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It’s the Economy, Estúpido

Surprisingly Marina Silva was beaten into third place by the business friendly conservative candidate, Neves. This could be bad news for the poor and marginalised if Neves causes an upset on 26 October. But even if Rouseff wins, observers doubt her ability to expand social welfare programs in the face of Brazil’s econominc problems.

President Dilma Rousseff, whose Workers’ Party has run Brazil since 2003, won 42 per cent of votes cast in a first-round poll on 5th October — not quite enough to win. Aécio Neves, a business-friendly candidate who was twice governor of Minas Gerais state had been trailing in third place, came second with 34 per cent of the vote. This was a significant upset in what has been, so far, a volatile campaign.

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