Rousseff wins close fought Brazilian elections

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 27, 2014

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT), have retained power over the world’s seventh largest economy with a narrow 51.6% vs. 48.3% victory over opposition leader, Aecio Neves’ Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in yesterday’s presidential elections.

Speaking to supporters in the capital, Brasilia, after her victory was announced, Rousseff, the country’s first female leader, called for unity as Brazil continues to face a decline in economic growth, which has slumped to 2%.

“Instead of increasing differences and creating gaps, I strongly hope that we create the conditions to unite,” said Rousseff, whose party had succeed in bringing 40 million Brazilians out of poverty since coming to power in 2003.

“I call on all Brazilians, without exceptions, to unite in favour of Brazil's future. I want to be a much better president than I have been until now.”

Her victory has also resulted in a clear split with the majority of the country’s poor north and Amazon region citing with her party, whilst Neves’ PSDB raked in most of the richer south who have accused the PT of corruption and being the reason for the economic slump.

Rousseff is expected to take control of her second and final four year term in January 2015 as the country’s constitution does not allow for a third term in office. Speculation is however already mounting that her mentor and former leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, would run for office in 2018, despite claiming in an interview last year that he will merely act as a friend and adviser to Rousseff.

 

CAPTION: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been elected to a second term in office after her ruling Worker's Party secured a norrow 51.6% verus 48.3% victory over the opposition Brazilian Social Democracy Party in yesterday's presidential election. IMAGE sourced from thetriplefblog.com