Brazil President Dilma Rousseff re-elected in thrilling runoff vote

Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Incumbent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected in one of the tightest and most bitterly-fought Brazilian presidential elections in the country’s recent history.

The results were confirmed to the Anadolu Agency by Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court on Sunday evening.

With over 99 percent of votes counted in the second-round presidential vote, Rousseff has 51.6 percent of the vote, beating rival Aécio Neves, who got 48.4 percent.

Rousseff’s victory means her ruling Workers’ Party (PT) is set to remain in government until 2018 after coming to power 12 years ago.

Some 142.8 million people were eligible to vote in Sunday’s compulsory presidential runoff election, but around 21 percent abstained from the vote, and over six percent of voters decided to cast a blank or void ballot.

A fast result was delivered by the country’s pioneering electronic voting system.

Rousseff had been leading Neves, her runoff rival from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), by a small margin in polls ahead of Sunday’s vote, but the final result is ever closer than had been predicted.

The campaign was one marked by personal attacks and accusations of corruption, and was widely considered the “lowest, dirtest” in Brazilian history.

The incumbent’s second term is the maximum permissible under Brazilian law, and speculation has already begun as to whether her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will return as the PT’s presidential candidate in four years’ time.

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