UPDATE 7-Leftist Rousseff narrowly wins second term in Brazil

domingo 26 de octubre de 2014 18:59 GYT
 

(Rousseff wins re-election; adds details, minister quote)

By Brian Winter and Alonso Soto

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Oct 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election on Sunday after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump.

After one of the closest, most divisive campaigns in Brazil in decades, Rousseff won 51.6 percent of votes in a runoff against centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves, who won 48.4 percent with more than 99 percent of the votes tallied.

At a hotel in Brasilia where Rousseff was due to speak, party supporters waved red flags and jumped up and down, screaming in celebration.

In Sao Paulo, a stronghold of Neves' Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), a more subdued mood was punctuated by some government supporters honking horns and screaming with joy.

Voting was peaceful and Brazil's robust democracy is free of the political violence that mars some other countries in Latin America.

Yet, at a time when the economy is facing deep challenges, Ideli Salvatti, one of Rousseff's top ministers, said the government would seek to lead "a national reconciliation process given how tight the result was."

"We have to calm our hearts down first and then get back to work tomorrow," she told reporters.   Continuación...