President Dilma Rousseff Wins Second Term
Brazil's president promised to reconcile the country, reboot the economy, fight corruption, and listen to voters’ demand for change in a victory speech late Sunday in the capital, Brasilia.
Dilma Rousseff, 66, was elected by a narrow margin, winning 51.6 percent of the vote to 48.4 percent for her rival, business favorite Aecio Neves, in a run-off election. This was the fourth straight win for her Workers' Party (PT).
A Marxist guerrilla in her youth, Ms. Rousseff won enough middle-class votes to govern an already divided country between the poor north and the rich south.
She is facing a number of challenges - reuniting a polarized Brazil, winning back the confidence of the markets and investors, revitalizing the stagnant economy and combat corruption.
Tunisian Officials Counting Ballots in Parliament Vote
Election officials in Tunisia are counting ballots Monday after a key vote to select the country's first parliament since adopting a new constitution in January.
Preliminary results could be announced Monday with the final tally due by Thursday.
Ahead of the vote, the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party and leading secular party Nidaa Tounes were expected to win the most seats in the 217-member parliament.
Nidaa Tounes leader Beji Caid Essebsi said his party had "positive indications" it could be leading after polls closed Sunday.
Some 90 parties competed in the election, the latest democratic step since Tunisians overthrew autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
Ennahda dominated post-revolution elections that year, and party leader Rachid Ghannouchi described Sunday's vote as "historic."
In the United States, President Barack Obama hailed the election an important milestone in the country's historic political transition. He said Tunisians continue to "inspire people across their region and around the world."