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Green Party votes up for grabs in Brazil’s election

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on October 19, 2010

by Jan Rocha for BBC News, October 15th, 2010.

As Brazil gears up for the second round of its presidential election in two week’s time, a key role is being played by a candidate no longer on the ballot paper: Marina Silva.

Ms Silva from the Green Party (PV) came third in the 3 October election behind the two politicians who now go head-to-head, Dilma Rousseff and Jose Serra. But her unexpectedly strong showing to capture a 19% share means there are millions of votes up for grabs.

Ms Rousseff, the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate, and Mr Serra of the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB) are both courting Ms Silva and the Green Party has been promised ministries in whichever administration takes office.

But while Ms Silva has been described as a power-broker, it is clear that she and the PV leadership are split over what position to adopt in the 31 October run-off election.

While party leaders overwhelmingly favour declaring support for Jose Serra, Ms Silva has expressed a wish to remain neutral and insists t is up to the 20 million people who backed her to make up their own minds. (continue reading… )

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