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Dilma Rousseff poised to take Brazil's presidency in second round

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Millions of Brazilians will once again go to the polls Sunday to pick a successor to the highly popular president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. As expected, Lula's protege, Dilma Rousseff, is leading in last-minute polls over Jose Serra, the former governor of Sao Paolo state. Rousseff served as Lula's chief of staff and is running as a continuity candidate. In the first round of voting Oct. 3, Rouseff fell short of a majority but bested Serra with 47% of the vote to his 33%.

If elected, Rousseff would be Brazil's first woman president and oversee of a surging global economy that is also Latin America's largest.

Abortion became an issue in the final stretch of the campaign. Third-party Green candidate Marina Silva energized religious voters in the first round with her opposition to abortion, taking 19% of votes. Silva remained neutral in the second round but forced social and morality issues to the forefront of the campaign as it drew on.

In debates, both Rousseff and Serra said they would be against changing Brazil's ban on abortion if elected, although videos surfaced in which Rousseff apparently signalled she'd support its decriminalization. Both candidates also said they were against gay marriage. "We have shown in the elections that we have a lot of power," an evangelical preacher told BBC News.

Even Vatican City chimed in on the topic. On Thursday Pope Benedict XVI urged bishops in Brazil to remind voters of the church's opposition to abortion.

Yet voters seemed to have made up their mind as Sunday approaches. In Brazil's electoral "Ohio," the state of Minas Gerais, Serra supporters are not optimistic about last-ditch efforts for an upset. Rousseff has successfully shifted attention back to the successes of her benefactor, Lula, and is currently pulling away from Serra with a 10-point lead, Reuters said.

— Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: Brazilian Presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff. Credit: Reuters

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What is the key ingredient of challenging people that enables them to succeed?Why do they endure the hard times when others are overcome by them? Why do they win when other people shed? Why do they soar when other people sink?

First at all, she didn't win on the first turn!
Second and important it was very clear to PT party that they don't have all the power that they're thinking they had.
We have to pay a lot of attention in everything from now on.

I'm not sure if this will pass your moderation... however I wanted to make it clear here what us Brasilians think. We think that it's about time our society breaks apart from the USA ideology based politics. That has already started to happen when Lula was eventually elected in 2002, but not before he and the people's society battled and failed in two previous elections.
With all due respect, that's enough of the equation Hollywood x Disney strong hold of Brasil(with a 's') senate and main law makers legislating in favor of the North American and the white man richest nations in the world in exchange of enriching a handful of so-called Brasilians and relegating the vast majority of our population to poverty.

Capitalism yes, international economic dependency not! Specially because Brasil doesn't need to play the role of importers, imposed by international economic policies that make us sellout our resources for nothing and buy them back in a much dearer price as manufactured products. Ridiculous!!



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