Brazil's President Rousseff launches re-election bid

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, on June 16, 2014Brasília (AFP) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff formally launched her re-election bid on Saturday, leading in opinion polls despite lingering discontent over World Cup costs. Her leftist Workers Party (PT) approved her candidacy in a voice vote of 800 members meeting at a convention in Brasilia, with the popular former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on hand. The former guerrilla member, who was jailed and tortured during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, is well ahead of Social Democratic Senator Aecio Neves, with 21 percent, and socialist ex-governor Eduardo Campos, a former ally, with 10 percent. The PT convention turned into a defense of the World Cup, with promises of changes in a new Rousseff administration following protests over hosting the tournament that began June 12 and ends July 13.

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