In Brazil, international Greens once again do surprisingly well in an election

Chalk this one up as a victory for the Greens, along with their performance in Britain, Colombia, and Australia this year, and how they are expected to do in Germany (and with the Greens poised to possibly win several state legislative seats here in America, they could do better in this election than ever before, as well).  From the Guardian:

Environmental campaigners and Green party activists heralded a breakthrough today after a former rubber-tapper from the Brazilian Amazon who rose to be a world-famous rainforest defender became the central figure in the second round of the country’s presidential election.

Marina Silva, who was raised in the Amazon state of Acre and was illiterate until the age of 16, failed to make the second round but came away with 19% of the vote, far higher than pollsters had expected.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s chosen candidate, Dilma Rousseff, meanwhile missed out on a first-round majority, polling a disappointing 46.7%.

With Rousseff’s main rival, the Social Democrat José Serra, taking just under 33% of votes, Silva became the king or queen maker in the 31 October runoff when Serra and Rousseff do battle.

“It is a spectacular result,” Alfredo Sirkis, the Green party’s president in Rio de Janeiro, told the Guardian.

Sirkis said the record vote meant the Green party would be able to force debate on crucial environmental issues in the lead up to the second round. Such issues included controversial changes to Brazil‘s forestry code, which environmentalists claim will further damage the Amazon rainforest, and Brazil’s commitments on climate change in Copenhagen.

The O Dia newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, where Silva came second with 31.52% of the vote, described a “green tsunami” in its front-page headline.

2 thoughts on “In Brazil, international Greens once again do surprisingly well in an election

  1. Deran

    Oh, no! This can’t be happening!! This means Milnes is a crackpot, that jsut can’t be! Noooooo!

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