Brazilian President Temer votes to choose successor

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/10/8 8:27:14

Brazil's President Michel Temer voted on Sunday morning in a school in Sao Paulo to choose his successor.

"Whoever is elected, it is by the will of the people," he said.

Temer was halfway through his second term as vice-president when he took over the presidency after the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, in 2016.

The candidate of Temer's party Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) is former central bank governor and finance minister Henrique Meirelles, who fell behind in the race and is featured in the fifth or sixth place in most polls.

In addition to choosing a new president and vice president, over 147 million electors in Brazil will also choose 27 new governors and vice-governors, 54 senators, 513 federal and 1,059 state representatives.

Since Brazil exclusively uses electronic ballots, vote counting is very fast and results should be known before midnight.

According to the most recent polls, the presidential race will proceed to a second round featuring far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro from the Social Liberal Party (PSL), and Fernando Haddad from the Workers' Party, who took over from former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after his candidacy was turned down.

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