Brazil’s presidential election will see a run-off at the end of the month. The leftist ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff has won the first round. But she failed to do enough to win outright at the first hurdle.
She’ll go into the second round as strong favourite to become Brazil’s first woman leader. But it seems some voters were turned off by a last-minute corruption scandal and Dilma’s reported views on social issues such as abortion – condemned by many Catholic voters.
Dilma Rousseff’s success is also that of her mentor.
Brazil’s economy is booming and she’s vowed to continue President Lula’s fight to reduce poverty.
After two terms in office he is bowing out a hugely popular figure.
His prodige lacks his charisma. But for Dilma Rousseff it’s the end of a long political trail that began as a leftist guerilla fighting the country’s then military dictatorship – and saw her rise to become President Lula’s chief of staff.