Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brazil: Marina Silva, Aecio Neves Consolidate Votes to Defeat Dilma Rousseff

According to The Latin American Tribune, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (BSDP) candidate, Aecio Neves, received on Monday (October 6) the backing and support of several of Marina Silva’s allies in his bid to unseat President Dilma Rousseff.

Neves, the runner-up in Brazil’s presidential elections, has gained the upper hand in the race to woo supporters of the third place finisher for the second and final round of the contest.

Neves stressed the similarities between his programs and Silva’s.

In Sunday’s election, Rousseff, of the Worker’s Party, took first place with 42% of the votes, while Neves garnered 33.55%.

Since none of the candidates managed to get over 50% of the total votes cast, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will face-off in the second round.

Silva, who led Senator Neves in the surveys before the polls, came in third, with 21.32% of the votes polled.

COMMENT: The ecologist [Silva] seemed more inclined to back Neves as she termed the election results as a rejection of the incumbent.

Silva said she would back the person who is committed to sustainability, helps to put an end to the president’s re-election bid, and at the same time preserves the social and economic achievements of previous governments.

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