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Environmentalist replaces presidential nominee in Brazil
August 17, 2014, 6:37 am

Marina Silva agrees to run as the Socialist Party's presidential candidate after Eduardo Campos's (right) death [Xinhua]

File photo: Marina Silva (right) agrees to run as the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate after Eduardo Campos’s (right) death [Xinhua]

Following the death of presidential nominee, Eduardo Campos, the Brazilian Socialist Party has nominated former Environment Minister Marina Silva as its new candidate for the October presidential elections. Campos was killed in a plane crash last week.

“The party has some internal procedure it wants to follow to announce it, but the main leadership has confirmed it,” Ricardo Young, a Sao Paulo city councilman was quoted by Associated Press.

Environmentalist Silva said she would honour the party’s agreements with regional allies while accepting the party’s proposal for her to run for presidency during Friday’s meeting of the party leaders.

As a former candidate of the Green Party, Silva was placed third with 20 million votes in the 2010 presidential race. She had lost to the current president, Dilma Rousseff. Silva was an associate of Chico Mendes, the environmental activist murdered for his campaign to protect the Amazon.

Her 2014 candidacy was discussed by party members after presidential nominee Campos was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday on the way to a campaign event in the southeastern coastal city of Santos.

Opinion polls revealed earlier Campos was in third place after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and opposition candidate Aecio Neves.

The first-round vote for Brazil’s presidential election is scheduled for 5th October.


Source: Agencies

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