Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Re-Elected

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected to a second term to lead the world's fifth-largest nation.

Dilma Rousseff

Leftist Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff scored a narrow re-election run-off victory Sunday, defeating centrist opposition leader Aecio Neves, 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent. The campaign was one of the most divisive in Brazil in decades.

Aecio Neves, Dilma Rousseff

"We have to calm our hearts down first and then get back to work tomorrow," Rousseff, 66, told reporters. Ideli Salvatti, one of Rousseff's top allies, said the government would seek "national reconciliation."

Dilma Rousseff and her supporters

Supporters in Brasilia erupted in cheers as the results were announced. And Rousseff's victory extends her Workers' Party rule, which has held the presidency since 2003. During that time, they've enacted expansive social programs that have helped pull millions of Brazilians out of poverty and into the middle class.

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