Dilma Rousseff is the favourite to win over Aecio Neves, but the outcome of the run-off is not certain on 26 October, reports Wyre Davies from BBC. Brazil’s presidential race will go to a second round after incumbent Dilma Rousseff, from the social democratic Workers» Party (PT) fell short of an outright victory on 5 October’s election. She received 42% of the vote and will face centre-right rival Aecio Neves, who won 34%. In a surprise result, prominent environmentalist Marina Silva from Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) got only 21% despite being a favourite at one stage, and is now out of the race. Analysts now predict a tight contest as both candidates seek to pick up votes.
Reacting to the result Rousseff – who has served one four-year term as president – said people had expressed their rejection of «the ghosts of the past, recession and unemployment», and vowed to continue to work for change. But the ghosts from the past is also within Rousseffs own party, by not doing enough for change, with making a more leftist economy and efforts to restrain big companies «rule» over the economy. The big land reform issue has never been put in place AND WILL NOT THIS TIME EITHER.
«I clearly understood the message from the streets and from the ballot boxes. The majority of Brazilians want us to speed up the Brazil we are building,» said Rousseff.The question is: When will they «speed up» the country? With huge protests from summer last year and again during World Cup this year in mind, I doubt the big issues of better schools and education, much better infrastructure and healthcare, will materialize soon. And huge socio-environmental impacts are also at stake (see article «Brazil’s Announcement to Auction New Amazon Mega-dam Provokes Outrage» at Latin-Amerika as example).
Neves, 54, a senator and former governor of Minas Gerais state, called on Marina Silva’s supporters to back him, saying he represented «hope for change». Silva, 56, said she and other Socialist leaders would meet in the coming days to discuss any endorsements for the run-off. «Brazil has clearly signalled it is not for the status quo,» she told reporters in Sao Paulo. «There is no way to misinterpret the sentiment of voters, of the 60% who moved for change,» she said. Let us them wait and see what the sentiment of the Brazilian people is. The problem is that the real left in Brazil are pretty small where the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) and Luciana Krebs Genro as their candidate, only got 1.6 million and 1.55 percent of the votes. Still the biggest real left party outside PT and PSB.
More than 142 million people were eligible to vote in the election. Voting is mandatory for those aged between 18 and 70, and turnout was 80%. Brazilians also elected members of congress and regional governors on the 5 October.
After being expelled from the Workers» Party (PT) in 2003 for opposing neoliberal political positions, she, along with Heloísa Helena, Babá, and João Fontes established the left-wing Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL).