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Brazil prepares for post-Lula future in presidential poll

Brazil prepares for post-Lula future in presidential poll
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24 hours before Brazil’s presidential election, will the favourite Dilma Rousseff do enough to win in the first round, or could she be forced into a run-off?

Whatever the billboards say, hers was the face on most front pages as electronic ballot boxes started to be delivered throughout the country.

However, there are suggestions she may not get the walkover many are predicting.

“This victory will probably happen by a small margin of two to four percentage points,” said political analyst Ricardo Ismael. There is also another possible scenario. There may be a second round round. A fortnight ago we were not considering it, but now it is a possible outcome.”

In Thursday’s TV debate, the other main candidates tried to link Rousseff to the Lula government’s shortcomings – mentioning healthcare and a housing shortage – but they failed to make many inroads.

The lack of direct attacks allowed Rousseff to tout the ruling Workers’ Party’s achievements in a country that’s become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

President Lula lost three elections before he finally got elected. Improved living standards for millions of Brazil’s people means many still believe his chosen successor will get there on the first attempt.