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Lula Makes It OfficialBrazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has announced he will run for a second term in office later this year. Remarkably, Lula seems to have shaken off the taint of scandal and corruption surrounding his PT party and most polls predict he will handily beat his opponent Geraldo Alckmin, a former governor of São Paulo state. Nicaragua Candidate Lewites DiesNicaraguan presidential candidate Herty Lewites, of the Sandanista Renovation Movement (MRS), died of a heart attack in the capital, Managua on July 2. The center-left ex-mayor of Managua had served as tourism minister under Daniel Ortega in the 1980s but broke away from the Sandanista Party to run for

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