Former Senator Marina Silva (Rede Sustentabilidade) made a statement on Saturday (Dec.2) through a Facebook posting acceptin her party’s pre-candidacy to run for Presidentin next year elections.
She was a member of the Worker’s Party (PT) until 19 August 2009 and served as a senator before becoming environmental minister in 2003.
In 1996, Silva won the Goldman Environmental Prize for South & Central America. In 2007, the United Nations Environment Program named her one of the Champions of the Earth and the 2009 Sophie Prize.
Running in the 2010 Brazilian elections for the Green Party (PV), she earned 19.33 per cent of the popular votes.
In April 2014 Eduardo Campos announced his candidacy for that year’s presidential election, naming Marina Silva as his vice presidential candidate. After Campos’s death in a plane crash on 13 August, she was selected to run as the Socialist Party’s candidate for the presidency. On Sunday, 5 October 2014, Silva received 21 per cent of the vote in the first round of the election, to Dilma Rousseff’s 41 per cent and Aecio Neves’s 34 per cent.
In December 2014, Marina Silva was elected by the Financial Times as one of its Women of the Year.