09-05-19: Latin American Weekly Report
Cortizo triumphs in tight Panamanian electoral contest
Marina Silva has officially become the presidential candidate of the Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB), replacing Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash last week. The party’s vice-presidential candidate is Beto Albuquerque, the leader of the PSB in congress. Campos was running a distant third to President Dilma Rousseff, of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) and Aécio Neves, of the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB); but a Datafolha opinion poll published over the weekend showed Silva leapfrogging Neves into second place in the first round, and tying a potential second round with Rousseff. Clearly Campos’ death has had a major impact on voters’ intentions. The question now being asked by all of the participants is whether this support is sustainable.
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