Incumbent leads presidential race

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Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is leading opposition contender Aecio Neves 51 to 49% with 95% of the vote counted.

Still, there are too many uncounted votes for a winner to be declared, according to an official count from the nation’s top electoral court.

Brazilian voters are deciding who will next lead the world’s fifth-largest nation.

The left-leaning Ms Rousseff represents the Workers’ Party that has been in power for 12 years.

During that time, strong social welfare programmes have helped lift millions out of poverty and into the middle class.

The centre-right Mr Neves is from the Social Democracy Party. He says he would spark Brazil’s stalled economy by shrinking government, attracting more foreign investment and seeking trade deals with the European Union and the US.

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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