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Runner-up urges unity after bruising Brazil election BELO HORIZONTE: Aecio Neves, the center-right challenger who suffered a narrow election defeat Sunday to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, said he had called to congratulate her and urge unity after a divisive campaign."I congratulated the president just now on the phone and I wished her success for her second term," Neves told disappointed supporters in an address in Belo Horizonte, where he served two terms as governor of Minas Gerais state."I told her the priority should be to unite Brazil around a project of honesty that brings dignity to all Brazilians," added Neves, who fell short of ending 12 years of government by the leftist Workers' Party (PT)."I fought the good fight, I fulfilled my mission and I kept the faith," he said.The election divided Brazil between voters loyal to the PT for making landmark gains against poverty and those frustrated with corruption scandals, a recession and poor public education, ...

Rousseff narrowly wins Brazil re-election RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilians narrowly voted leftist President Dilma Rousseff back into office Sunday for a second term after a bitter election campaign that split Latin America's biggest economy largely between the poor north and richer south.Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president, went into the run-off as slight favorite -- despite overseeing economic recession -- and defeated center-right challenger Aecio Neves by three million ballots for a vote share of 51.6 percent after 99 percent of ...
Neymar backing Brazil challenger Neves in election run-off SAO PAULO: Brazilian football idol Neymar on Thursday voiced support for presidential challenger Aecio Neves, just three days before this weekend's election run-off.Neymar, the hugely popular captain of Brazil's national team, said he was backing Neves over leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff because he believed the center-right challenger was the best option for Brazil."I will support the candidate (Neves) because I identify with his proposals for Brazil," the 22-year-old multi-millionaire Barcelona star said in a video ...
Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students MEXICO CITY: Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Carrying torches and candles, tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City and other cities to protest the disappearance of the students."We shall overcome," protesters shouted with clenched fists in the air. Marching were students, teachers, farmers and activists ...
Rousseff gains on Neves ahead of Sunday runoff BRASILIA: President Dilma Rousseff has gained 1 percentage point on her rival Aecio Neves ahead of an Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Wednesday.The leftist incumbent has 47 percent of voter support, according to the survey by polling firm Datafolha, up from 46 percent in the previous poll published on Monday. Support for Neves was unchanged at 43 percent.While Rousseff has widened her numerical lead to four percentage points, ...
Rousseff leads by whisker in latest Brazil polls BRASïLIA: Less a week before Brazil's presidential elections, two new polls Monday showed incumbent Dilma Rousseff fractionally ahead of rival Aecio Neves in a race that is still too close to call.The polls, by Datafolha and MDA consulting, saw Rousseff just edging ahead for the first time since the October 5 first round, though the margin for error meant the pair were in a technical tie.After interviewing 4389 Brazilians on Monday for broadcaster Globo and ...
Bolivia's Morales wins reelection with 61 percent: official LA PAZ: President Evo Morales swept to a third term with 61 percent of the vote, electoral officials said Saturday in confirming the result.The October 12 balloting was a massive vote of support and a strong mandate to expand his leftist reforms.In power since 2006 and Bolivia's first indigenous president, Morales earned 37 points more than his closest rival, wealthy cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina.Morales will extend his time in office to 14 years, until ...


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