Serra accepts candidacy for Brazil's presidential race

Serra has yet to pick his vice-presidential candidate, which some analysts say is evidence that his campaign has been slow to prepare for the race.

Serra accepts candidacy for Brazil's presidential race

Jose Serra formally became the presidential candidate of Brazil's main opposition party on Saturday.

Serra, an economist with a long track record in government, was anointed as candidate at a convention of his centrist PSDB party in the northeastern city of Salvador, four months ahead of October's presidential election.

Serra must develop a strategy to overcome President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's disciple, Dilma Rousseff, who can count on the president's popularity and a rebounding economy.

The Workers' Party holds a convention on Sunday at which it will confirm Rousseff's candidacy.

Rousseff has been gaining ground on Serra in recent opinion polls, thanks to the improving economy and her growing national profile, and was level with him at 37 percent support in the most recent national poll released this month.

Serra has yet to pick his vice-presidential candidate, which some analysts say is evidence that his campaign has been slow to prepare for the race.


Agencies

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