SAO PAULO: The Brazilian Socialist Party is likely to announce environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate next week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, three leading local newspapers reported yesterday.
The PSB, as the party is known, has agreed to rally around a Silva candidacy despite misgivings among some prominent members about her conservationist views and other issues such as economic policy, according to reports in Folha de S Paulo, O Estado de S Paulo and O Globo.
Silva’s candidacy is likely to be formally announced at a party meeting scheduled for August 20, Folha said, adding that her running mate is expected to be Beto Albuquerque, a PSB congressman from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Globo and Estado, however, said the party was still undecided on who would be Silva’s running mate.
“A Marina candidacy is contemplated in our political project. It’s a solution that ensures continuity,” the PSB’s new leader, Roberto Amaral, was quoted as saying.