Brazil's Lula calm about presidential runoff

10:09, October 05, 2010      

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is calm although his hand-picked presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff was forced into a runoff election with her rival, officials said.

Lula is calm when analyzing the results of Sunday's general elections with his cabinet members earlier Monday, according to Insitutional Relations Minister Alexandre Padilha.

Rousseff of the ruling Worker's Party won 46.9 percent of valid votes in Sunday's general elections, followed by Jose Serra of the Social Democracy Party (32.6 percent) and Marina Silva of the Green Party (19.3 percent). A runoff between Rousseff and Serra has been set on Oct. 31 as neither of them clinched an absolute majority of the votes.

Padilha had no comments on any attempts of the Workers' Party to gather the support of the Green Party for the runoff.

However, a prominent Workers' Party leader, former Justice Minister Tarso Genro, said that he was sure that Silva will support Rousseff.

"She (Silva) has more affinities with the project that President Lula and Dilma represent," Genro said.

Source: Xinhua

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