Rice Latin American politics expert available to comment on Brazilian election

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: [email protected] Latin American politics expert available to comment on Brazilian electionRice University Latin American politics expert Mark Jones is available to comment on Sunday’s Brazilian election, which was bittersweet for incumbent President President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.Lula’s hand-picked candidate, Dilma Rousseff, came in first with 47 percent of the valid vote but failed to win an absolute majority. Rousseff will have to face José Serra (who garnered 33 percent) in a second-round runoff Oct. 31. Marina Silva of the Green Party came in third with 19 percent of the vote.According to Jones, Rousseff’s failure to achieve a first-round victory represents an uncommon setback for the extremely popular Lula, who invested a considerable amount of his political capital in the candidacy of Rousseff and presented her as the natural continuation of his presidency. While Jones believes Rousseff will in the end be victorious in four weeks, he also comments that both she and Lula are undoubtedly disappointed with the failure to achieve a first-round victory, which two weeks ago appeared to be a foregone conclusion.In addition to Lula’s successor, Brazilian voters expressed their choices for members of Congress and state and local officials in the Oct. 3 election.Jones is chair of the Department of Political Science and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies. He can conduct the interview in English or Spanish and may be reached by contacting Franz Brotzen at [email protected] or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img

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