Brazil: Dilma Rousseff wins Round 1

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????According to the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff from the Workers Party (PT) captured 41.52 per cent of the popular vote compared to her political rivals Aecio Neves from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PMDB) and Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) who received 33.89 and 21.26 per cent respectively.

Following the TSE announcement, each candidate issued statements on the final elections results.

Incumbent president Rousseff delivered a speech in front of her followers in which she expressed her satisfaction with the results and confidence moving forward in the second run off against her rival candidate Aecio Neves. During her remarks, she vowed to deepen the current social welfare programs and continue to build on much of the socio economic progress achieved during her first term as president.

Dilma Rousseff:  Education must be at the centre of everything

“Brazil has to be more modern, more competitive, in order to guarantee a kind of growth that will secure development.  Education must be at the centre of everything.” She noted.

“I will do everything possible to strengthen the changes made so far, so that the lives of every Brazilian can continue to improve. I guarantee that I’m going to do it, just as my predecessor Lula did,” Rousseff stated. ​

Neves, in the final moments leading up to the election secured second place in the voter intention polls, moving past ex-presidential candidate Silva. During Neves’ statement he expressed determination and gratitude in being able to advance to the second round.

“I am satisfied with every Brazilian who demonstrated the desire for change. We are going to continue to be united so we can win the elections in the second round,” he stated.

dilma y marina silvaOver the last month the presidential race has been largely fought between President Rousseff and Brazilian Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva. However, in recent weeks, Silva took a sharp dive in the voter intention polls and failed to secure enough votes to advance to the second round.

In her speech, Marina Silva conceded victory to her opponents Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves.

“Seeing the challenge to construct a new model of development both politically and democratically, what we wanted was to have a large number of candidates to work with us, even though it didn’t turn out that way, we wanted to respect our political alliances,” she said.

Lula:  I want Dilma to win

dilma y lulaIn addition, both former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva weighed in on the elections.

In the event of a second round runoff Cardoso proposed the creation of a strategic alliance between Neves and Silva.

During a press conference earlier today, former President Lula da Silva correctly predicted the outcome of the election, stating that the most likely result for a second round run off would be between Neves and Rousseff.

He went on to lend his support and confidence to the Rousseff administration stating, “I want Dilma to win the elections in order to make the best government possible. I think Dilma is able to lead this country down a clear path in a coordinated manner,” he stated.

Source:  President Rousseff Responds to Election ‘Victory’, Promises to Deepen Gains

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