[QODLink]
Americas

Rousseff to run for Brazil re-election

Ruling party nominates President Dilma Rousseff for presidential election in October despite falling popularity

Last updated: 22 Jun 2014 02:52
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Rousseff's popularity is falling because of Brazil's high cost of living and slowing economy [AP]

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party has formally nominated President Dilma Rousseff to run for re-election in October in what is shaping up to be its toughest race since winning power in 2002.

Rousseff's popularity is falling because of Brazil's high cost of living and slowing economy, and she was jeered at the opening game of the World Cup last week.

She survived massive protests last year by Brazilians demanding better health, education and public transport services instead of the costly stadiums built for the World Cup.

She is still favoured to win re-election in a second-round runoff, though her lead has narrowed in recent months, according to opinion polls.

"We face a challenge because the quality of life has improved in Brazil and when that happens in a country, its people demand more and improved quality," Rousseff said in a speech to a cheering party convention.

Rousseff's main challenger, Aecio Neves of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB) party, is running on a more business-friendly platform aimed at restoring investment and growth to Brazil's economy

"It will be a very difficult election, but, wait, the game has not even kicked off yet," said party founder and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

204

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.