Neves seen pushing PPPs in Brazil's presidential runoff

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Presidential candidate Aécio Neves of Brazil's center-right PSDB opposition party is expected to push public-private partnerships for urban transport and prisons during his campaign leading to the runoff with incumbent Dilma Rousseff of the workers' party this month.

Neves received 33.5% of the 143mn votes cast during the first round on Sunday, while frontrunner and incumbent Dilma Rousseff won 41.6%. The two will face off in the second on October 26.

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During the final presidential debate early Friday morning, Neves stressed the importance of boosting the country's security by developing partnerships with the private sector such as the 280mn-real prison complex PPP in Minas Gerais state opened last 2013.

The prison is the first in Brazil to be built and operated through a PPP, and is located in the city of Ribeirão das Neves in the metropolitan region of state capital Belo Horizonte.

In a previous debate, Neves also underscored the importance of working with the private sector to improve the country's urban transport, pointing to various options such as building subways, monorails, bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) systems, and waterways.

THE SILVA FACTOR

The key to the runoff may hinge on which one of the candidates can gain the endorsement of Marina Silva, the center-left PSB party candidate who came in third with 21.3% and who was recently polling ahead of Neves.