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Brazil vote sets up two-way runoff

By Agence France-Presse in Rio de Janeiro | China Daily | Updated: 2014-10-07 08:26

Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff won a first-round election on Sunday and will face business favorite Aecio Neves in what is shaping up to be a hard-fought runoff.

With nearly all ballots counted, Rousseff had 41 percent of the vote and Neves 34 percent, leaving popular environmentalist Marina Silva - who once looked set to become Brazil's first black president - relegated to third place with 21 percent.

Rousseff, the incumbent who is looking to win a second four-year term and extend 12 years of Workers' Party government, is the current favorite three weeks from the runoff vote, which is scheduled for Oct 26.

Brazil vote sets up two-way runoff

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