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Brazil's presidential candidates launch election campaigns

English.news.cn   2014-07-08 04:31:21

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Presidential election campaigns for Brazil's Oct. 5 general elections are now underway after candidates hit their registration deadline, media sources reported Monday.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for reelection, launched her campaign online, posting a video in which she described the race as "the most politicized" in the country's history. She also dubbed her online campaign was "evidence of modernity" in Brazil.

Rousseff, whose Workers' Party (PT) governs as part of a coalition of left-leaning groups, called on her opponents to avoid mudslinging and wage a "high-level" campaign, media said.

Rousseff's main rival, Senator Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), accused the government of using the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil for "political gain."

At a campaign event in Sao Paulo, Neves denied the game has devolved into a "war" dividing the country, but did complain of an "attempt to appropriate these sporting events in the political field."

Trailing Rousseff and Neves in popularity, according to pre- election polls, is Eduardo Campos of the Brazilian Socialist Party.

Campos launched his campaign with a visit to a favela, or Brazilian slum, in the country's capital Brasilia.

The slum, located just 35 km from the presidential palace, has no proper garbage collection, he noted, blaming the government for failing to attend to people's needs.

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