Tens of thousands of Brazilians collected on Sunday in Recife to pay their respects to presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. He was killed in a plane crash four days ago.
Swarms of locals waited hours in line to pay their respects in Campos’ tomb. Many Brazilian officials attended the open-air mass, including President, Dilma Rousseff, and former President, Luiz Inacio da Silva. According to da Silva, “We lost a leader, one of the best governors Pernambuco ever had.”
Campos and his family left Rio de Janeiro to attend an event in Guaruja, when their plane crashed into a gym at Santos, Sau Paulo, after a failed attempt to land in bad weather. All seven people on-board died.
The death of Campos has caused a shift in the presidential race; Campos was in third place, and his passing has catapulted his running mate, environmentalist Marina Silva, to the head of the presidential ticket of the Brazilian Socialist Party. In 2010, Silva was named by Foreign Policy Magazine one of it’s top global thinkers.
Officials expect the moving public outpour of sympathy for Campos to translate into a temporary boost in popularity for Silva. She held nearly 20% of the vote when she ran for president in 2010. Pollsters predict that she is likely to come ahead of or in a tie with Senator Aecio Neves. Neves implemented what he called “Management Shock,” a set of reforms created to bring the state budget under control by reducing government spending and promoting investment.
Brazil’s first-round vote takes place on October 5. The incumbent, Rousseff, leads opinion polls with 36%. Silva comes it at 21%. Neves holds 20% of the vote.
Featured image via RushHourDaily/Paulo Whitaker
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