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Oct 16, 2014

Brazil presidential race heading for Oct 26 photo finish

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s most unpredictable presidential election in a generation is heading toward a photo finish on Oct. 26 between leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and pro-business challenger Aecio Neves, two new polls showed on Wednesday.

In an increasingly acrimonious campaign, the candidates traded accusations of lies, corruption and nepotism in a bruising television debate on Tuesday night that had no clear winner and saw more attacks than discussion of policy issues.

Oct 15, 2014

Brazil election candidates spar over corruption, nepotism

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s two presidential candidates traded accusations of lies, corruption and nepotism on Tuesday night in a bruising television debate that had no clear winner ahead of the hotly contested Oct. 26 election runoff.

Leftist incumbent President Dilma Rousseff warned Brazilians that the election of her pro-business challenger Aecio Neves would lead to unemployment and put at risk social benefits gained under 12 years of rule by her Workers’ Party.

Oct 10, 2014

Brazil tests man for Ebola; ministry says in ‘good shape’

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Doctors in Brazil were testing a West African man for Ebola on Friday, although the health ministry said the patient was “in good shape” and his slight fever has subsided.

Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the 47-year-old man arrived in Brazil on Sept. 19 from Guinea, one of three impoverished countries, along with Liberia and Sierra Leone, at the heart of an outbreak that has killed nearly 4,000 people since March.

Oct 10, 2014

Rousseff and Neves neck-and-neck ahead of Brazil runoff

BRASILIA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Pro-business opposition
candidate Aecio Neves has gained support and is running
neck-and-neck with leftist President Dilma Rousseff ahead of
Brazil’s Oct. 26 presidential runoff, two polls showed on

The tight race highlights why Neves is actively seeking an
endorsement from popular environmentalist Marina Silva, who
finished third in the election’s first round on Sunday with 22
million votes.

Oct 9, 2014

Brazil’s Silva not yet ready to endorse Neves in runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva said on Thursday she will wait for political pledges from pro-business opposition candidate Aecio Neves before backing him in the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil’s presidential election.

An endorsement from Silva, who finished third in the election’s first round on Sunday with 22 million votes, would increase Neves’ chances of unseating leftist President Dilma Rousseff and ending 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.

Oct 8, 2014

Brazil’s PSB party to back Neves in October 26 runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The political party that launched environmentalist Marina Silva’s unsuccessful presidential bid threw its support behind pro-business candidate Aecio Neves on Wednesday for Brazil’s Oct. 26 runoff vote against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

The decision by the Brazilian Socialist Party increases the likelihood that the bulk of Silva’s 22 million votes would go to Neves, raising his chances of defeating Rousseff.

Oct 6, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff, Neves race for support in election runoff

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A tight runoff
campaign for Brazil’s presidency kicked off on Monday with
leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and pro-business rival Aecio
Neves racing to win over supporters of the third-placed
candidate after she was knocked out of the election.

Neves, a centrist senator who had been widely written off
until a few days before the first round of the election on
Sunday, rode a late surge in support to grab second place with
33.6 percent of the vote.

Oct 6, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff to face pro-business Neves in election runoff

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff placed first in Sunday’s election but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff and will face pro-business rival Aecio Neves, who made a dramatic late surge to finish a strong second.

After Brazil’s most volatile campaign in decades, which saw one candidate die in a plane crash and another soar into first place only to collapse at the end, the result ended up being what was expected a year ago – a showdown between two archrival parties that have governed the country for the last 20 years.

Oct 4, 2014

Neves passes Silva in polls on eve of Brazil election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian presidential hopeful Aecio Neves is heading into Sunday’s election with a slight edge over environmentalist Marina Silva in the race to advance to an expected runoff against the incumbent, three new polls showed on Saturday.

But on the eve of the vote, it remained unclear who President Dilma Rousseff’s adversary would be in a likely second-round vote later in the month, since the gap between Neves and Silva was within the polls’ margin of error, setting the stage for Brazil’s tightest election in decades.

Oct 3, 2014

Analysis – In Brazil election turnaround, incumbent emerges as favourite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When more than a million Brazilians took to the streets last year in anti-government protests, many believed it was a sign that the ruling Workers’ Party would be ousted at the next election after 12 years in power.

Even three weeks ago, environmentalist opposition candidate Marina Silva was surging in opinion polls by tapping into the anti-establishment mood on the streets of major cities and promising to move beyond politics as usual.