Brazil power-broker Silva mulls backing Neves: reports

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BRASILIA: Environmentalist Marina Silva, who emerged as a key power-broker after Brazil’s first-round election, is leaning toward endorsing business favorite Aecio Neves for president, though it could provoke a rift with her party, reports said Tuesday.

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Silva’s Socialist party will Wednesday unveil its strategy for the October 26 run-off after she finished third on Sunday behind leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT) and Neves of the Social Democracy Party (PSDB).

Advisors close to Silva indicated it was unlikely she would back Rousseff, with whom she had a tense relationship when they were both PT members serving under former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

AFP

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