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Da Silva Wins Brazilian Presidential Election


After a decisive victory, newly re-elected Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promises to make his second term better than his first.

Mr. da Silva won a run-off election Sunday with 61 percent of the vote. His challenger, Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, won only 39 percent.

In a victory speech Mr. da Silva promised cheering supporters to govern for all Brazilians in his second term, but give more attention to the needy.

Brazil's first working class leader, Mr. da Silva has widespread support among poor Brazilians, who have benefited from social policy and a strong economy during his presidency.

Mr. da Silva's campaign was marred by a corruption scandal two years ago that may have cost him a first round victory.

Although he was the top vote-getter in the October 1 balloting, he fell short of the percentage needed to avoid a second round vote.

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