Ranks close with ally after Brazil candidate dies
Ranks close around replacement as Brazil mourns presidential candidate killed in plane crash
Associated Press
2014-08-17 03:01 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- A Brazilian party that lost its presidential candidate in a plane crash has agreed that his running mate will run in his place.

The Brazilian Socialist Party has chosen former environment minister Marina Silva to replace Eduardo Campos, who was killed this week when his small plane smashed into a residential area in the city of Santos.

Ricardo Young, a Sao Paulo city councilman and Silva's close associate, said Saturday the party leadership has confirmed Silva will be the nominee. He said that she saw it as her responsibility and accepted.

The president of the party, Roberto Amaral, told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper she was the solution for continuity in the campaign for the October elections.

A funeral for Campos is planned for Sunday.

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