Rousseff set to face Neves in Brazil run-off
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face Social Democrat Aecio Neves in a run-off election, leaving popular environmentalist Marina Silva out of the race, according to partial results and an exit poll.
With 88 per cent of the ballots counted, Rousseff had 40.7 per cent of the vote and Neves 34.7 per cent, said the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).
That left Silva, a one-time maid whose meteoric rise looked set to make her multi-racial Brazil's first black president just one month ago, on track to be eliminated from the race with 21 per cent.
Neves, the scion of a political dynasty and business-world favorite, meanwhile survived a turbulent campaign that nearly relegated him to the dustbin of also-rans to reach a likely October 26 run-off against the incumbent, whose management of the world's seventh-largest economy he has sharply criticised.
The partial official results were backed up by an exit poll by survey firm Ibope, which gave the incumbent 44 per cent, Neves 30 and Silva 22.
The race for the second spot in the run-off went down to the wire, with Neves, a popular ex-governor and handsome husband of a former model, battling back from third place to keep his presidential hopes alive.
Silva meanwhile suffered a spectacular setback from her whirlwind late entry into the race.
Silva, a one-time maid who vowed to be Brazil's first "poor, black president," upended the race when she replaced the Socialist Party's original candidate, Eduardo Campos, after he was killed in a plane crash on August 13.
Soaring in the polls, she was initially forecast to beat Rousseff in a runoff.
But Rousseff and Neves steadily reversed her lead, with the latter pulling ahead of her for the first time in the final three polls, released Saturday.
The same polls found Rousseff would defeat Neves in a run-off by more than five percentage points.
The election, the closest in a generation for Latin America's largest democracy, is widely seen as a referendum on 12 years of Rousseff's Workers' Party (PT).
The party endeared itself to the masses with landmark social programs and an economic boom in the 2000s that have lifted 40 million Brazilians from poverty, increased wages and brought unemployment to a near-record low. But Rousseff, 66, has presided over rising inflation and, since January, a recession, as well as million-strong protests last year against corruption and poor education, healthcare and transport.
Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was jailed and tortured for fighting the country's 1964-1985 dictatorship, has also been battered in recent weeks by a corruption scandal implicating dozens of politicians - mainly her allies at state-owned oil giant Petrobras.
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The UK-based TradeNext, a leading Indian-owned financial firm, will begin its “Search for an Asian Football Star”. The initiative comes from the firm’s two-year partnership with Derby County Football Club, The English Team and the founding members of the football league.
The Search for an Asian Football Star initiative aims to hand-pick football talents amongst the vast South-Asian region, a number of football auditions will be taking place across the country, providing aspiring footballers with a platform to showcase their talent with the possibility to further their career as a sports professional.
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