3 Oct 2010
Huge Green surge robs Dilma Rousseff of victory in Brazilian Presidential election
With 60% of votes counted the Green Party candidate, born in the Amazon, illiterate until 14, a real fighter and former environment minister and friend of Chico Mendes, Marina Silva has surged to 20% of the vote.
If Dilma loses, its a victory for the right and a defeat for the people.
Yet Dilma's part the PT has become bogged down in corruption and Dilma is a keen advocate of exploitation of the Amazon.
Indigenous people, women and landless peasants want a change.
Marina's campaign is sending shock waves through Brazil.
Clearly the PT cannot win without appealing to PV voters.
Green politics is increasingly Latin American, strongest of course in the Peruvian Amazon, where the indigenous leader Pizango is preparing his bid to be president of Peru, but Brazil is not far behind.
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