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For a closer look at Brazil's presidential election, let's talk to our reporter Chen Kaipei in Rio de Janeiro.
Q1: Hello, Kaipei, would you please brief us on the TV campaigns launched by the candidates.
There are less than fifty days until voting gets underway on the 3rd of October. With the candidates now allowed to go on TV and Radio, the election campaign enters its final phase.
Among the 3 major candidates for president, Dilma Rousseff, from PT, the Worker's Party, receives 10 minutes and 38 seconds to outline her policies, 2 and half minutes more than her arch rival Jose Serra, from PSDB Brazilian Social Democracy Party and much more than Marina Silva of the PV, the Green Party, who has only 1 minute and 23 seconds.
The exposure is free and will be shown on TV from Monday to Saturday. The program lasts for 50 minutes, 25 belongs to the presidential candidates and the other half will be used for those who run for governor and congressman.
Q2: What's the current situation between these 3 major candidates?
From the newest survey, published by Globo TV and newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, we see that Dilma Rousseff has a comfortable advantage over Jose Serra, 43 percent to 32 percent, a margin of 11 percent, which is a big blow to Serra. About 3 months ago, Serra was leading by 11 percent, but is now trailing. Marina Silva remains almost the same at 8 percent.
Q3: What's behind this change?
It's mainly thanks to Lula, since he became president in 2002, Brazil has been growing firmly and now is one of the “Bric” countries, even today, Lula gets an approval rating of more than 80 percent and he’s doing everything to transfer this support to Dilma, his ex chief of staff. Jose Serra is more experienced, he was minister of planning, minister of health, former mayor of Sao Paulo city and former governor of Sao Paulo state, the most important state of Brazil , but it seems he’s got difficulties fighting the popularity of Lula.
Q4: So we can expect that Dilma will win this election?
It's too soon to say right now, since the election is still almost 50 days away, but Dilma Rousseff does stand a good chance, but we’ll have to wait until 3rd of October. But one interesting note is that because Lula is doing so well, none of the candidates will dramatically change the current policies of Brazil, so many say whoever wins, it’ll be the triumph of Lula.
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