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August 17, 2014 AT 2:32 AM
Officials said Saturday, leaders of a Brazilian party that lost its presidential candidate in a plane crash have chosen his running mate to stand in his place, creating a new challenge to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election. Former Environment Minister Marina Silva, who made a strong run in Brazil's last presidential election, will replace the late Eduardo Campos on the Socialist Party ticket. Campos was killed Wednesday when his small plane smashed into a residential area in the city of Santos. Ricardo Young, a Sao Paulo city councilman and close associate of Silva, said he took part in a Friday meeting in which party leaders told Silva they want her to run, and she accepted. Silva is a party outsider who joined Campos' ticket last year only after she failed to obtain enough signatures to register her own party for the race. However, she has a wide following and earned close to 20 percent of the votes in the 2010 elections.