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Rousseff narrowly wins Brazil election

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 01:29

Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly re-elected in a vote that split along the country's social class and geography. Yiming Woo reports.

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Supporters of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff celebrate as she wins a narrow re-election. She's campaigned on her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "Today, I am a lot stronger, more serene and more mature for the work that you have delegated to me. Brazil, once again, this daughter of yours, won't walk away from the fight." Most of her voters came from the impoverished north. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) STUDENT, IDENTIFIED ONLY AS JULIANA, SAYING: "Dilma represents me. A vote for Dilma is a vote for the people, a vote against machismo, against homophobia, against racism and the white elites aren't going to take this country!" Opposition leader Aecio Neves won 48 percent of votes. He'd promised to lift Brazil out of recession and was more popular in the richer south. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AECIO NEVES, SAYING: "I fought a good fight, I accomplished my mission, and I have not lost faith. Thank you very much to all Brazilians." Rousseff's got a second term in office but she's unlikely to enjoy much of a honeymoon. A slowing economy as well as allegations of corruption are likely to become major political headaches in the coming months.

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Rousseff narrowly wins Brazil election

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 01:29