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Brazil's centrist PSD endorses Rousseff's reelection bid

English.news.cn   2014-06-26 05:38:56

BRASILIA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's centrist Social Democratic Party (PSD) Wednesday voted to back President Dilma Rousseff's reelection bid in October.

During its national convention, the party declared its official support for the candidacy of Rousseff, who has been officially endorsed by the governing Workers' Party (PT) to run for re- election. Rousseff and her running mate Michel Temer of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) garnered 108 of the 114 votes cast at the convention.

The PMDB has already declared its official support for the Rousseff-Temer ticket.

Rousseff and Temer arrived at midday at the PSD convention in the capital of Brasilia and they were welcomed by PSD national president and former mayor of Sao Paulo Gilberto Kassab.

As part of Rousseff's coalition government, the PSD's Guilherme Afif Domingos holds the office of the Special Secretary of Micro and Small Businesses.

The PT needs the national support of at least eight parties, in addition to the PMDB and PSD, to have a chance to win the October elections. The PT has been in power since 2003.

Brazil's center-right Progressive Party (PP) was also expected to declare its support for Rousseff-Temer on Wednesday.

Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president, was elected four years ago to succeed her friend and mentor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who served two terms.

Rousseff leads the list of possible candidates with 39 percent of the potential votes, according a poll released last week by Brazilian pollster Ibope.

Some 140 million Brazilians are eligible to vote in the Oct. 5 general elections for president, state governors, deputies and senators. If no single candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff on Oct. 26.

Editor: yan
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