With one week to go until Brazil’s presidential runoff, both sides have been holding rallies in Rio de Janeiro.
Latest opinion polls put opposition candidate Jose Serra trailing by 10 per cent.
One factor hindering him was an accusation that he intended to privatise public companies such as the state run oil firm petrobras.
Opposition candidate Jose Serra said:
“ I defend Petrobras as state-run company that should serve the Brazilian people and not as a place for nepotism.”
With the campaign shifting from social issues back to the economic gains, ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff appears to be pulling away from her rival.
She appears to be basking in her predecessor President Lula da Silva’s popularity and has vowed to continue his mix of market-friendly policies along with social programmes.