Monday 20 November 2017

Happy Brazilians ready to elect first female leader

Ana Nicolaci da Costa in Brasilia

Brazilian voters, largely content with their country's booming economy, went to the polls yesterday and were expected to hand a convincing victory to the pragmatic hand-picked successor of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva despite a wave of last-minute corruption scandals.

Pre-election polls indicated that Dilma Rousseff, a former top Lula aide who is running for her first elected office, could muster just enough votes to surpass the 50pc level she needs to avoid a October 31 runoff.

Rousseff, a 62-year-old former leftist militant aiming to become the first woman to lead Brazil, has for the last month enjoyed a 20-percentage-point lead over her nearest rival, opposition candidate Jose Serra.

More than 20 million Brazilian have been lifted from poverty under Lula's eight-year rule.

Irish Independent

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