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Brazilian Social Democratic Party
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Who is Aecio Neves?
Who is Aecio Neves?
In the first round of Brazil's presidential election, current President Dilma Rousseff emerged as the front-runner with 41.4 percent of the vote. Yet, the second place surprised many as Aecio Neves - a senator from the state of Minas Gerais, ousted Marina Silva - an environmental leader, with 33.7 percent of the vote. Who is Aecio Neves? Mr. Neves, a 54-year-old economist, is the president of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), also known as Tucans and a well-known name in Brazil. Who is Aecio Neves? In the first round of Brazil's presidential election, current President Dilma Rousseff emerged as the front-runner with 41.4 percent of the vote. Yet, the second place surprised many as Aecio Neves - a senator from the state of Minas Gerais, ousted Marina Silva - an environmental leader, with 33.7 percent of the vote.
Aecio Neves, who has been elected as the new president of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), gestures as he speaks during the party's convention in Brasilia May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Aecio Neves, who has been elected as the new president of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), gestures as he speaks during the party's convention in Brasilia May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's main opposition party moved closer to selecting a presidential nominee on Monday, after its candidate in the last election backed Senator Aecio Neves, former governor of Minas Gerais, the country's second-most populous state. Jose Serra, a two-time presidential runner-up who took 44 percent of votes in the 2010 race against President Dilma Rousseff, said on his official Facebook page that the center-right PSDB should not lose time in nominating Neves. Serra's go-ahead clears the stage for 2014, when Neves is expected to take on Rousseff. The 53-year-old Neves is hugely popular in his home state but has been slow to gain traction in early national polling. He garnered 19 percent support compared to Rousseff's 47-percent backing in an opinion poll published by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper last month. Serra has been reluctant about a full-throated endorsement of Neves, underlining internal divisions dragging on the PSDB. "Since most party leaders think it best to formalize as soon as possible the name of Aecio Neves to run for president, they should do so without delay," Serra said on Facebook.
Aécio Neves, the man who might replace her as president, is an economist and belongs to the Social Democracy Party, whose logo is blue and features a happy bird.
When the electorate cast its vote Mr Neves unexpectedly entered the frame in second place. When the run-off ballot comes on 26 October it is likely that Ms da Silva will ask her supporters to vote for Mr Neves.
On the eve of the vote, Marina Silva, the environmentalist whose meteoric rise once looked unstoppable, slipped to third place behind business-world favorite Aecio Neves, a social democrat.
Surveys gave Silva, a one-time maid and rubber-tapper, between 21 percent and 24 percent of the vote, trailing Neves (24-27 percent) and Rousseff (41-46 percent). "I think the vast majority of Brazilians who want to see a change in Government are now rallying around Aecio," said Marcos Troyjo, a Brazilian political scientist from Columbia University. Senator Aecio Neves holds a child during a rally in Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais State on October 4... Senator Aecio Neves holds a child during a rally in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, on October 4, 2014
Aecio Neves, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, waves during a press conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Aecio Neves, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, center, celebrates with supporters after a press conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Aecio Neves, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, smiles as he arrives for a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The race kept up its unpredictable nature as Neves, a center-right former governor and senator with deep political lineage, came in second. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine) Aecio Neves, a former Brazilian governor, defied expectations in Sunday's first-round vote, finishing second with 34 percent of ballots compared to incumbent Dilma Rousseff's 42 percent. Aecio Neves' surprisingly strong showing in the first round of Brazil's presidential election has turned the nation's politics on its head and put him within striking distance of incumbent Dilma Rousseff, but the former governor still faces a heavy task if he is to unseat her. The business-minded Neves came within 8 percentage points of Rousseff in Sunday's vote and has momentum and a strong central-right party on his side. The challenge for Neves, who was born into affluence and political power, will be to connect with Brazil's poor, millions of whom have directly benefited from Rousseff's policies. Neves defied expectations in Sunday's first-round vote, finishing second with 34 percent to Rousseff's 42 percent. Voters now have a clear choice: Re-elect the left-leaning Rousseff and endorse her protectionist trade stance or move to the right with Neves, who has promised to cut government spending, open infrastructure to the private sector and pursue direct trade deals with Europe and the United States. "Aecio hasn't been under much scrutiny in the past month given Marina's surge. Neves struck back Monday, saying Brazilians are, on the contrary, care more about the stagnant economy and corruption cases that now dog the ruling party. "In reality, Brazilians are very worried about the monsters of the present of high inflation, recession and corruption," he said at a press conference. "I am very confident that we have the conditions to increase our lead for all of Brazil to win," Neves said. A poll published Saturday before the vote found 71 percent of Silva's supporters would vote for Neves if he faced Rousseff in the runoff. The poll by the Datafolha firm questioned 18,116 voters between Oct. 3 and 4 and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points. Moura and other analysts, however, doubted Neves would do as well among Socialist Party supporters who are significantly to the left of him. Neves also has the advantage of family legacy: His grandfather Tancredo Neves, was a cherished politician who was chosen to become Brazil's first post-dictatorship president in 1985 but fell ill and died before taking office.