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article imageMarina Silva could become the world’s first ‘Green President’

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 31, 2014 in Politics
Brazilia - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva threatens the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the 12-year hegemony of the Workers Party (PT). Her election on October 5 could transform the South American giant relations with the region and the world.
Until several weeks ago it appeared that Dilma Rousseff’s re-election was almost certain. However, since the death of socialist candidate Eduardo Campos in a private plane crash in the city of Santos, it seems Ms. Rousseff's chances of being re-elected are fading.
According to the latest polls, Marina Silva has increased her public support and is expected to tie Rousseff with 34 percent of the votes in the first round, and would win the election in the runoff with 50 percent against 40 percent in favor of the incumbent, thus ending 12 years of rule by the Workers' Party (PT).
Marina Silva (56) was a member of the Worker's Party until 2009 and served in the Brazilian Senate as a senator before becoming Minister of the Environment in 2003. In August 2009, she switched to the Green Party, primarily in protest against the environmental policies backed by the PT. Marina ran for the presidency in 2010 representing the Green Party. She obtaining third place in the first round, with more than 19.3 percent of the votes.
In April 2014, she joined the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate Eduardo Campos to run as his Vice-President. After the death of Campos, on August 13, 2014, Marina Silva became the official presidential candidate. With an emphasis on environment, human rights and trade liberalization, Marina Silva seeks to become President of Brazil with different priorities to those that prevailed in Brazil in the last twelve years.
Ms. Silva was former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Environmental Minister from 2003 til 2008. However, Lula is now active in Ms. Rouseff’s presidential campaign and has asked electors to vote in favor of the current head of state. During a campaign event in Sao Paulo, Lula criticized Marina Silva on account of the “ambiguous discourse of the socialists”, while saying that a person who is not a politician, lacks credibility.
“It is not possible to govern without politics and those who make an apology of non-politics cannot be trusted, because whoever is elected president needs to communicate with congress and the political parties,” said Lula.
The current president's chances for a victory are fainting as the race advances towards Election Day
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a statement on the death of former Pernambuco state...
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a statement on the death of former Pernambuco state governor Eduardo Campos at Planalto Palace on August 13, 2014
Evaristo Sa, AFP
(October 5, 2014). Dilma Rousseff's leadership withstood heavy damage during the violent protests in the weeks preceding the FIFA World Cup. More recently, the Rousseff's campaign suffered a heavy blow when Brazil's national office of statistics (IBGE) revealed that for the second consecutive time, the country´s economy contracted, plunging the nation into a “technical recession."
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and has the fifth largest population with about 203 million people. It is the world’s seventh largest economy with a GDP estimated at US$567 billion.
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