SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful João Doria, the mayor of Brazil’s largest city, made it clear on Monday that he is not married to the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and is open to courtship from other parties.
The stance of the rising young star of Brazilian politics will put the PSDB under pressure since his mentor and party stalwart, Geraldo Alckmin, the governor of Sao Paulo, also plans a presidential bid in next year’s elections.
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“I will become a candidate the day I declare and have the support of a party,” Doria told reporters after addressing a business conference in Sao Paulo on Monday, without naming the PSDB.
While he has not announced that he will run, the 59-year-old self-made millionaire and former TV presenter has said he would accept if nominated by his party.
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A Datafolha poll in June showed Doria is little known by Brazilian voters compared to Alckmin, but he has a far lower rejection rate and is on track to become more popular than the governor, who lost a presidential bid in 2004 to Workers...
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