Monday, October 27, 2014

Presidential Election in Brazil

If you haven't heard the news, yesterday an election was held in Brazil to elect the nation's president.   
The current president, named Dilma Rousseff, was re-elected for four more years. The race was extremely close and she actually barely won by a small margin of votes.  Dilma obtained 51.64% of the votes, while her opponent Aécio Neves had 48.36%. 

Felipe had the opportunity to photograph at two different events surrounding this election, so I wanted to share a few of his photos here on our blog. 

A rally held in our neighborhood on October 18th in support of Dilma.

The former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula), made an appearance and gave a speech in support of Dilma.  Lula has a strong influence in the nation of Brazil, so his involvement with Dilma's campaign was a key factor to her victory.

Lula is so sweet with babies and children. I loved these two shots Felipe captured of him! 

The newly elected governor of the state of Minas Gerais, Fernando Pimentel, also spoke at the rally. 

Felipe's mother, sister, and brother all work at a fancy hotel in downtown Belo Horizonte, and the final campaign press conference for Aécio Neves just happened to be held in the convention hall at this hotel.  Felipe was allowed to take photos to document this special moment in Brazilian history. If Aécio would win or lose, his speech was to be held at this location.

There was a sea of photographers, reporters and video cameras.  All were waiting with expectation for the results of who would actually win the presidential race.

As I mentioned before, Aécio lost the race for presidency. Here, he is holding back tears as he gives his final speech, thanking all who supported him

 José Serra, a past governor of São Paulo, was also there supporting Aécio. Serra is a senator for the state of São Paulo.

For fun, my mother-in-law got a photo with José Serra.

We hope you enjoyed seeing a few photos from the presidential election in Brazil!

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