Brazil vote heads to second round

Leading candidate must face runoff after failing to secure absolute majority to become first female president.

    Dilma Rousseff, the leading candidate for Brazil's next presidency, will head to a runoff later this month after failing to win enough votes to become the country's first female president.

    With 98 per cent of the votes counted in Sunday's poll, the supreme electoral court said Rousseff captured 46.6 per cent of the vote, former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra got 32.8 per cent support, and Green Party candidate Marina Silva received 19.5 per cent.  

    Rousseff needed 50 per cent-plus-one to avoid a knockout round against Serra, and will have to face Serra in the runoff on October 31.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    In the basement of an old museum in a village in Albania, a 78-year-old woman protects the last remnant of a dictator.

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.