Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected to her position following a very narrow victory on Sunday, earning 51.6 percent of the votes against challenger Aécio Neves.
"Instead of increasing differences and creating gaps, I strongly hope that we create the conditions to unite," Rousseff told supporters in Brasilia following news of her victory, The Guardian reported. "I want to be a much better president than I have been until now."
The runoff election was forced after Rousseff was unable to secure the majority of voices during the Oct. 5 vote, where she received 42 percent of the support, Neves 34 percent, and evangelical hopeful Marina Silva finished third with 21 percent. more >>
Brazilian incumbent president Dilma Rousseff is facing a runoff after receiving 42 percent of the votes and failing to win the majority of votes in Sunday's election. She will be going up against centre-right candidate Aecio Neves, who received 34 percent of votes. Evangelical hopeful and former environment minister Marina Silva finished third with 21 percent.
Rousseff vowed to continue working for change, and said that voters had expressed their rejection of "the ghosts of the past, recession and unemployment."
Evangelicals in Brazil are on the verge of possibly electing one of their own as the nation's president for the first time in Brazil's history.
Marina Silva, an environmentalist and Pentecostal Christian, will run against current President Dilma Rousseff in an election later this month. If elected, Silva's presidency will cause a major shift in the predominantly Catholic nation.
"Much of the church will converge on her candidacy," evangelical pastor Robson Rodovalho told Reuters News. "Brazil is a real democracy. It's only a matter of time before we have an evangelical president. That's a fact." more >>
She almost died twice and never learned to read or write until she left the Amazon forest as a teenager, now at 56, Marina Silva, a devout evangelical Christian, is primed to become Brazil's first black president.
A poll released late Tuesday by the Ibope research firm cited by The Wall Street Journal showed Silva defeating incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with 45 percent to 36 percent in a runoff.
The narrative of how Silva has come to the brink of being the leader of the world's fifth largest country is ripe for the silver screen and the country's majority population of non-white voters, once frustrated with Brazils politics, have now been energized by her candidacy. more >>
A Brazilian man pronounced dead by physicians in Salvador, Brazil this weekend was fortunately found alive by his brother shortly before his burial.
The man credits a Brazilian saint for bringing him back to life.
"I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured," Valdelucio Goncalves wrote in a letter to Brazil's G1 website. "Before Irma Dulce [a saint credited with miraculous powers in Brazil], I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son hold onto her, and you will be saved." more >>
Huge crowds of over 130,000 people attended Mass in Recife Sunday for Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who died in a plane crash last week.
The crowd stretched out for close to 1.9 miles to pay their respects at Campos' coffin, which was placed outside Recife's local government headquarters, AFP reported.
The Socialist Party candidate, who had been running against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in the upcoming election in October, died on Wednesday after his campaign jet crashed in Santos city due to bad weather, killing all seven people on board. more >>