Brazil’s Rousseff wins reelection to serve a second term -updated

Brazil’s presidential election – A riven country
Oct 27th 2014, 3:54 BY J.P. | SÃO PAULO – The Economist

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IT WAS a wild ride. After a tight and tetchy race, marked by innumerable twists and turns, Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, was re-elected on October 26th to a second four-year term with 51.6% of valid votes. Aécio Neves, of the centre-right opposition, notched up 48.4%. It is the fourth election in a row won by her Workers’ Party (PT). But her margin of victory is the slimmest in Brazilian electoral history.

Perhaps Ms Rousseff’s victory was inevitable. Only three Latin American presidents have lost re-election bids in the past three decades. Odds are stacked in favour of incumbents, with all the machinery of power and patronage at their disposal. Ms Rousseff can point to record-low unemployment, rising wages and falling inequality under the PT’s watch. But Mr Neves, whom The Economist had endorsed as the better choice, put up a valiant fight, arguing, with good reason, that progress has stalled since Ms Rousseff was first elected in 2010.  [read more]


Brazil’s Rousseff wins reelection with 51.45 pct. of the votes, 98 pct. counted

Sunday, 26 October 2014 20:08 -Written by 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and defeated Social Democrat Aecio Neves

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and defeated Social Democrat Aecio Neves

Brasilia, Oct 26 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff held Sunday, garnering 51.45 percent of the votes, compared with 48.55 percent for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, and with 98 percent of the votes counted, according to the Superior Electoral Tribunal.

Some 142.8 million voters were eligible to cast ballots for the next president and 14 of the 27 state governors.

Polling places opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at 5:00 p.m. in most of the country, with Acre, on the border with Bolivia and Peru, closing its election precincts three hours later due to the time difference in the huge South American country.

Rousseff, with the Workers Party, and Neves, with the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, had emerged as the top two vote getters in the Oct. 5 first-round election and have slugged it out in one of the tightest presidential races of the past few decades.

Poll results released on Saturday by Datafolha and Ibope, Brazil’s two most highly respected polling firms, showed Rousseff leading Neves by between four and six percentage points, with the incumbent’s voter intent numbers falling and the opposition leader’s rising.

Rousseff had won 41.59 percent of the votes in the first electoral round, compared to 33.55 percent for Neves, and since no candidate obtained a majority Brazilian law mandated a runoff vote between the top two vote-getter. EFE


The following information links were compiled by the St. Stanislaus College . Georgetown Blog

Dilma Rousseff

Marlene Bergamo -25.jul.2013/Folhapress

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  • compton de castro  On October 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    She will be judged by her performance next 4 years…..
    With cheaper oil….no excuses !

  • guyaneseonline  On October 30, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:

    This is an updated report of the elections in Brazil.

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