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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-08 07:19 PM
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Workers' Party big winner in Brazilian local elections
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Workers' Party big winner in Brazilian local elections

PRESIDENT LUIZ Incio Lula da Silva was the big winner in local elections held on Sunday across Brazil, despite a surprisingly low vote for his candidate in South Americas biggest city.

Candidates from his ruling Workers Party or his allies won in 10 of the 15 state capitals decided outright while up to nine he supports went through to compete in a run-off round to be held in three weeks.

President Lula is enjoying unprecedented levels of popularity approaching 80 per cent in some polls on the back of a booming economy and his successful social programmes which target assistance to the countrys poorest citizens. The local election results will strengthen his hand in deciding who succeeds him in 2010, when he is obliged to step down after two terms in office.

The one setback on the night was in So Paulo, Brazils biggest city.

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