Rousseff Gets Election Majority, Run-Off to Follow
By Dialogo October 05, 2010I am Honduran and I would like to have my comment published: I am glad that it is going to be the Evangelicals that are going to decide who wins the next elections, you should not vote for Rousseff, communists just like Lulu, against the Word, donâ€™t throw your vote away, vote looking towards heaven, â€œwhen the godless govern the people whine, but when they are governed justly the people rejoice.â€ Now they are seeking the evangelical vote, but when have they ever taken them into account? These are the communists of the 21st century, they have caused so much damage to my country, disrespecting/regardless of our will.
Though Brazilian Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff won the October 3 election with 47 percent of the Brazilian vote, she did not reach the majority needed for an absolute win in the first round. A run-off election will follow later in October.
After 98 percent of the ballots were tallied, Ricardo Lewandowski, president of Brazil’s High Electoral Tribunal announced, “We can confirm there will be a second round in the presidential elections,”, reported AFP.
Though analysts predict President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s chosen successor is likely to win because of his huge popularity in the South American giant, Rousseff herself was credited with many of the decisions that won the Lula administration so much praise in her position as Chief of Staff, according to Voice of America news (VOA).
Rousseff, who was hand-picked by Lula to lead the Workers’ Party, is expected to become Brazil’s first female leader.
“I will face the second round with much enthusiasm and energy,” said Rousseff in an address to her supporters after the results were announced, reported Brazilian daily O Globo.
Rousseff’s nearest rival is former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, who received 33 percent of votes, reported AFP.
For his part, President Lula had originally said he was confident that Rousseff would win in one round, according to Xinhua news agency, something he never achieved in either of his campaigns.
Lula da Silva was first elected after winning the second round of the presidential election in 2002, and re-elected after winning the second round in 2006.