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Brazil's Ruling Party Announces President Dilma Rousseff's Re-Election Bid

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves to supporters as she arrives to the Workers Party national convention in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Brazil's ruling party formalized Rousseff's bid for re-election at the convention, ahead of the Oct. 5 presidential election. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves to supporters as she arrives to the Workers Party national convention in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Brazil's ruling party formalized Rousseff's bid for re-election at the convention, ahead of the Oct. 5 presidential election. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's ruling Workers Party on Saturday formalized President Dilma Rousseff's bid for re-election in voting on Oct. 5.

Speaking to 800 delegates at the party conference in Brasilia, Rousseff said she would lead the country to a "new development cycle and increase investments to improve social, educational and health services."

Vice President Michel Temer again shares the ticket with her.

Polls have consistently shown the 66-year-old president with a strong lead over her closest challenger, Sen. Aecio Neves. The latest poll from the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics showed her with a 39 percent to 21 percent lead over Neves.

Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was imprisoned for more than three years and tortured during the 1964-1985 dictatorship was elected four years ago to replace former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who served two terms.

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