Thursday, 30 September 2010

Jose Serra urges Brazil to back him in elections

Jose Serra has urged Brazilian voters to back him on Sunday, 3rd October. During the final rally, in the Sao Paulo district where he grew up, Serra called on his supporters to work to the end to win over voters and take the presidential contest into a second round.

Serra, a former health minister and Sao Paulo governor, is trailing behind Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has taken a dive after corruption allegations surfaced involving a former aide, but she could still be on course to win outright on 3rd October. Speaking at the rally Serra, of the Social Democratic Party (PSDB), said that his government would be fair, ethical and free from scandal.

"We can have an ethical government. A government that focuses on the people and not on party politics and select groups. We want a government that is focused on all our fellow citizens," he said.

According to the opinion polls if the election does go to a second round on 31st October, Rousseff is expected to win. Rousseff and Serra will come face to face on Thursday [30th September] night for the final televised debate. Marina Silva of the Green Party and Plinio de Arruda Sampaio of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) will also take part.

Source: BBC News

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