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Brazil's Marina Silva endorses Aecio Neves in presidential run-off

Aecio Neves and Marina Silva
Aecio Neves and Marina Silva Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP

The third-placed candidate in Brazil's presidential election, environmentalist Marina Silva, announced on Sunday that she would endorse pro-business candidate Aecio Neves in the October 26 runoff against leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

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"In view of Aecio Neves' commitments, I declare that I will vote for and support his candidacy," Silva said at an event in Sao Paulo.

Rousseff won 41.5 percent of the vote against Neves's 33.6 percent in the first round of the election on October 5.

Silva, of the Socialist Party, held a commanding lead in polling in late August, but took just 21 percent of the vote. Her endorsement is seen as crucial in the runoff.

Marina Silva was environment minister between 2003 and 2008 under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - Rousseff's predecessor at the helm of the Workers' Party.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

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