Veteran Brazilian politician José Serra, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’77, has earned enough of the popular vote in his race for the presidency to force a run-off election Oct. 31. His opponent, Dilma Rousseff, led Serra in the polls for several weeks before the general election Oct. 3, but neither candidate received the required 50 percent of the electorate in first-round voting.
Serra represents the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy, which he helped found in 1988 as a coalition of democrats, liberals and social democrats. Rousseff is the candidate for the left-leaning Worker’s Party and former chief of staff for popular incumbent President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
A former minister of health and most recently governor of the state of São Paulo, Serra earned his graduate degrees in economics at Cornell after attending the Universidad de Chile.
– Daniel Aloi