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Brazil Worker's Party chooses Rousseff for re-election

Published on May 3, 2014 9:00 PM
 
President Dilma Rousseff faces a tough re-election campaign after being chosen as the left-wing Worker's Party's candidate for the October presidential election. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - President Dilma Rousseff faces a tough re-election campaign after being chosen as the left-wing Worker's Party's candidate for the October presidential election.

Ms Rousseff's re-election bid was formalised at a raucous party event late Friday and fully endorsed by party stalwart and popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2011).

Ms Rousseff, 66, has seen her popularity battered by a sluggish economy, a litany of political scandals, inflation, and anger at massive government spending to host the World Cup at mid-year and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

A survey by pollsters CNT this week shows that 37 per cent of voters would vote for her in October, outperforming her rivals but down from 44 per cent in February.

 
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