Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate to spend 104 mln dollars in campaign

11:03, July 06, 2010      

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Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff, from the Workers' Party (PT), reported Monday to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) that her campaign budget would amount to 187 million reais (104 million U.S. dollars).

According to recent surveys, the official candidate is tied with former Sao Paulo Governor Jose Serra, belonging to the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSDB), both with 37 percent of vote intentions.

The election campaign begins officially on Wednesday. And the first round will be held on Oct. 3, and if no candidate for governor or president gets the absolute majority of valid votes, there will be a runoff on Oct. 31 between the top two places.

According to the electoral law, candidates are allowed to hold rallies across the country and disseminate their proposals on the Internet.

General elections in October will be the first in more than two decades in which Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will not be a candidate for having served two consecutive presidential terms, the maximum allowed by the Brazilian law.

The president himself, who maintains an approval rate of almost 80 percent, chose Rousseff to be the candidate to succeed him and promised to participate in the campaign to ensure her victory.

Source: Xinhua


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