Brazil media sees country divided after poll

People look at Brazilian newspapers reporting on the re-election of leftist Dilma Rousseff as president, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 27, 2014Brazil’s media saw a country deeply divided Monday after leftist President Dilma Rousseff scored a narrow re-election victory over Social Democrat Aecio Neves. Rousseff won a gruelling race with 51.6 percent of the vote for the narrowest winning margin since 1945, and acknowledged she needed to reconcile a society split between the nation’s rich south and poor north. The vast majority of the media had been banking on Neves ending 12 years in power by Rousseff’s Workers Party (PT), but instead she pulled off “the narrowest win in the country’s history,” Estado de Sao Paulo daily noted. Globo and Folha de Sao Paulo joined Estado in noting a record abstention rate of 26.1 percent, equivalent to 37.2 million voters, many turned off by a brutal campaign which saw some televised debates turn into personal slanging matches.

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