29 October 2012

BRASIL : Conservatives Lose In Sao Paulo; Haddad Defeats Former Mayor Serra.


     After 8 years of conservative rule...former Sao Paulo Mayor Jose Serra lost in a runoff to former education minister Fernando Haddad.
      Haddad was boosted by endorsements from popular former president Lula and current President Dilma Rousseff.
     Haddad, 49...started  his campaign polling just 2%...and won with 56% of the vote...in Brasil's largest city.
     Serra was mayor...but quit in 2010 to run for the presidency...and lose...to Dilma.
     Haddad replaces conservative place sitter Gilberto Kassab...who succeeded Serra.