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Silva to Run for Brazil Presidency, Socialist Party Leader Says

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 10:27 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil — Marina Silva will be named by the Brazilian Socialist Party to replace Eduardo Campos as its presidential candidate, said Rodrigo Rollemberg, a party leader.

Campos, four members of his campaign team and two pilots died on Aug. 13 when a Cessna 560XL crashed in the southeastern city of Santos following an aborted landing. The casket with Campos’s remains lays in state in a central square of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, where he was governor. Thousands of mourners walked by to pay their respects, touching the coffin, hugging family members and singing hymns.

“It’s decided. It will be Marina,” senator Rollemberg, a member of the party’s executive, said in an interview in Recife. The PSB, as the party is known, is scheduled to meet Aug. 20 to announce the decision and lawmaker Beto Albuquerque is favored to be her running mate, he said.

Silva, 56, became the wild card in Brazilian politics after Campos died. She placed third in the 2010 national election against President Dilma Rousseff with 19 percent of the vote as the Green Party’s candidate.

In this year’s race, Campos was running in third place, polling 9 percent. Senator Aecio Neves from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party had 23 percent, and Rousseff garnered 38 percent in the Aug. 3-6 Ibope survey. The margin of error was two percentage points.

Campos’s coffin arrived late on Saturday and was carried on top of a firetruck from the airport to the city center. At a wake during the early morning hours supporters applauded and chanted “We won’t give up on Brazil,” repeating a slogan Campos used during the campaign.

Leading politicians from government and opposition, including Rousseff and her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arrived to participate in a Mass. Campos’s burial is scheduled for Sunday evening.

 

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