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Brazil preps for historic presidential runoff

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:27

Brazil's presidential candidates, incumbent President Rouseff and pro-business senator Neves, make final appeals to voters on the eve of the closest election in decades. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Security is tight as Brazilians prepare to head to the polls on Sunday... ...in the closest presidential election in decades. Opposition candidate Aecio Neves, a pro-business senator... ...And leftist incumbent President Dilma Rousseff make the most of these final hours to rally supporters. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "The poorest and the richest all have the same amount of power. And it is an ever important ceremony, the voting ceremony. Because it reinforces our democracy." It has been a bitter campaign, with candidates sparring over how best to revive Brazil's stagnant economy. Each has accused the other of political corruption. On the eve of the runoff election, Neves visits the tomb of his grandfather, Tancredo Neves -- a former president-elect. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AECIO NEVES, SAYING: "It was here, with him, at this house, that I took my first steps on my path to becoming a politician. There is nothing more natural and just at the end of this long road to go to his grave and thank him and ask for his blessing." In a country where voting is compulsory, it's now in the hands of some 142 million Brazilians.

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Brazil preps for historic presidential runoff

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:27