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Silva fails to win Brazil vote outright, runoff set for Oct. 29

Silva fails to win Brazil vote outright, runoff set for Oct. 29

Brazil's leftist president fell short of the votes he needed to win a second term, triggering a runoff later this month after his party was slammed in the campaign's final days with charges of corruption and dirty tricks.
The runoff was announced by election authorities after 98 percent of the vote had been counted, with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva getting 48.8 percent compared to 41.4 percent for the center-right Geraldo Alckmin, Sao Paulo state's former governor.
Silva, who had been favored to win due to the economic stability and anti-poverty programs he brought to Brazil, needed 50 percent plus one vote to win the contest outright. The two will face each other in a runoff Oct. 29.


Updated : 2021-10-19 22:20 GMT+08:00