Brazil’s presidential election will go to a run-off between President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his main rival Geraldo Alckmin. The country’s electoral court made the announcement this morning after voting took place yesterday. Lula was the favourite to win the vote for president but he just failed to garner the 50 percent needed to be re-elected outright.
Alckmin has benefited from revelations linking the Lula camp with corruption. It is claimed supporters of the president tried to buy information to mount a smear campaign against Alckmin, leader of the centrist Social Democracy Party. Analysts say a second round could unite the opposition against Lula and give them more time to dig up further evidence of campaign irregularities by the president’s Workers’ Party. The run-off vote will take place on October 29.