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President of Silva's Workers Party steps down because of scandal

President of Silva's Workers Party steps down because of scandal

The president of the governing Workers' Party said Friday that he was stepping down in the wake of a corruption scandal that had battered Brazil's president during his re-election campaign.
Ricardo Berzoini, who had resigned as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's campaign manager ahead of the Oct. 1 vote but stayed on as party president, told a news conference he wanted time away from the leftist Workers' Party, or PT.
He will be replaced by Marco Aurelio Garcia, Sliva's former adviser and current campaign manager.
According to a police investigation made public in September, Berzoini's former aide Oswaldo Bargas allegedly attempted to pay 1.7 million reals (US$781,000; euro616,700) for a dossier with incriminating information about Silva's former political opponent, Jose Serra.
Serra, who lost the presidential elections to Silva in 2002, belongs to the Social Democratic Party, the same party of Silva's main challenger in this year's election, Gerald Alckmin..
Alckmin and Silva will face each other in a runoff election scheduled for Oct. 29.