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Strong presidential candidate emerges in Brazil

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Marina Silva, the former Brazilian Environment Minister is expected to be named in the next few days to run for president in October. Silva would replace former presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday.

While Silva has agreed to run, Campos’s Socialist Party (PSB) still needs to officially approve the decision. The Socialists – the major partner in the opposition coalition established to run against President Dilma Rousseff – are expected to announce their decision after a meeting on Wednesday. Marina Silva and Eduardo Campos announced their alliance in October 2013.

Eduardo Campos’ plane crashed into several houses in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Santos She fell out with the Workers’ Party government and left office to run against Ms Rousseff in 2010. The first round of the presidential election will take place on October 5 and will go to a second round later that month if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes.

(Source: BBC World)

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