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Aug 18, 2014

Silva surges in Brazil election poll, runoff looks certain

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Marina Silva’s entry into Brazil’s presidential race will almost certainly force the October election into a second-round runoff and the environmentalist could even unseat President Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll released on Monday.

It showed Silva with the support of 21 percent of voters, almost three times more than center-left candidate Eduardo Campos, who she is poised to replace on the Brazilian Socialist Party’s ticket after his death last week in a plane crash.

Aug 18, 2014

Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential election race

BRASILIA, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva
could defeat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October
election goes to a second-round run-off, according to a new poll
that saw the challenger entering the race in second place.

Silva, now with support of 21 percent of voters, has drawn
almost three times more backing than the late center-left
candidate Eduardo Campos who she is poised to replace in the
race after his death last week in a plane crash.

Aug 18, 2014

Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva will enter Brazil’s presidential race in a strong second place, backed by 21 percent of voters, and could overtake President Dilma Rousseff in a second-round runoff, a poll showed on Monday.

Silva has drawn almost three times more support than the late center-left candidate Eduardo Campos who she is poised to replace in the race after his death last week in a plane crash.

Aug 14, 2014

Brazilian politician still in shock, party stunned by candidate’s death

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva is still in shock from the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and has not begun to consider whether she will run in his place, a close friend said on Thursday.

That closely watched decision could upend the Oct. 5 presidential race and threaten President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election bid, given Silva’s appeal to disaffected voters tired of the country’s traditional parties.

Aug 13, 2014

Brazil candidate’s death makes runoff more likely, pressures Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos makes it even more likely Brazil’s October election goes to a second round and could put President Dilma Rousseff under more pressure as she seeks a second term.

Campos died in a plane crash on Wednesday and his running mate Marina Silva is expected to pick up the baton and run for president herself. She is a popular figure who won 19.3 percent of the vote when she ran in 2010.

Aug 1, 2014

Japan PM tells Brazil ‘Abenomics’ working, time to do more business

BRASILIA, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to
Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to
expand their trade and investment partnership.

On the first visit to Brazil in a decade by a Japanese prime
minister, Japanese banks extended $700 million in loans to boost
Brazilian soy and corn exports to Japan and build ship platforms
for Brazil’s burgeoning offshore oil industry.

Jul 30, 2014

Workers’ Party boss sees Rousseff re-election despite inflation

BRASILIA (Reuters) – High inflation should not keep Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from getting re-elected in October because wage earners have been cushioned by social gains made during a decade of Workers’ Party rule, the party’s boss said.

“It’s better to live with somewhat higher inflation that will come down in time than to have to sacrifice your job,” Workers’ Party President Rui Falc√£o told Reuters on Tuesday. “There is inflation, but you have your home, your children go to university, and there is work.”

Jul 21, 2014

Analysis- Brazil election now anything but certain for Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff until recently appeared to be cruising towards re-election in October but she now finds herself in a tight race as an already sluggish economy takes a turn for the worse.

Economic growth, slow for most of her term, looks even less promising this year with economists expecting a contraction in the second quarter.

Jul 18, 2014

Poll shows Brazil’s Rousseff, opponent Neves tied for runoff

BRASILIA, July 17 (Reuters) – Support for Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff has slipped in the last two weeks and
she is statistically tied with her main challenger in a
second-round runoff, a poll released on Thursday showed.

Rousseff’s support dropped to 36 percent among voters from
38 percent at the beginning of July, as Brazil prepares for
elections in October, according to the Datafolha poll.

Jul 17, 2014

China deepens ties to Brazil, plans to build railways

BRASILIA, July 17 (Reuters) – China expanded its trade
partnership with Brazil on Thursday with $7.5 billion in
financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger
jets from planemaker Embraer and renewed commitment to invest in
infrastructure.

In a raft of energy, finance and industry accords signed
before presidents Xi Jinping and Dilma Rousseff, the two nations
agreed to team up to build railways to help Brazil reduce its
infrastructure deficit and feed China’s hunger for commodities.