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Rousseff, Neves to face in run-off election.

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (KUNA) -- Left leaning Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face off against Social Democrat Aecio Neves in a run-off election after both candidates failed to receive a majority vote in Sunday's election.

Rousseff received 40.7 percent of the vote and Neves obtained 34.7 percent. Environmentalist Marina Silva was left with 21 percent and eliminated her from the race, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) from 88 percent ballots counted.

Silva previously held a major lead over Rousseff in August in which she would have become Brazil's first black president. Media reports claim that Silva's fall came from the country's most negative and aggressive campaigning against her in the past 30 years.

Neves is a former Governor of Minas Gerais and is now in the Brazilian Federal Senate. He is also an economist, which makes him favored over Rousseff because of her heavily criticized handling of the Brazilian economy throughout her presidency.

Meanwhile, Rousseff's platform has pledged to combat corruption, poor education, and healthcare. She has served as president since 2011.

The country will return to the polls on October 26 to elect Rousseff or Neves as the next President. (end) ak.tg

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