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On January 1, 2007, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, of the leftist Workers Party PT, was inaugurated for a second four-year term as President of Brazil President Lula defeated Geraldo Alckmin, former governor of the state of Sao Paulo, of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party PSDB, in a run-off presidential election held on October 29, 2006. Lula captured 61 of the votes as compared to Alckmins 39, winning handily in the poorer north and northeastern regions of the country but failing to carry the more prosperous southern and western states or Sao Paulo, the countrys industrial and financial hub. President Lula has been working to make cabinet appointments and to form a governing coalition capable of pushing his agenda through Brazils notoriously fractured legislature His immediate tasks are to boost Brazils lagging economic growth and to address the issues of crime and violence. Some analysts predict that ongoing corruption investigations involving President Lulas PT party may undermine the strength of his second term in office.
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