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Thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate Campos

Thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate Campos

17 August 2014 | 18:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Recife. Thousands of mourners paid tribute to Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos here Sunday after the socialist politician's death in a plane crash last week, AFP reported.
A line of mourners more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) long gathered before the local government headquarters in Recife to file past Campos's coffin, placed outside the building to allow people to pay their final respects.
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff was in attendance as ceremonies got under way with an open air mass ahead of a funeral later Sunday.
Campos, 49, died when his campaign jet slammed into houses in Santos city in bad weather on Wednesday, killing all seven people on board and setting buildings alight.
He had been running third in opinion polls for the October election.
A popular former governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Campos was married with five children.
Around 250 police officers were on duty for Sunday's ceremonies, which began at 10:30 am (13:30 GMT).
Rousseff, who leads the polls for October's elections, was booed by sections of the crowd as she arrived for the mass.
Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and several ministers accompanied Rousseff, who was not scheduled to attend the burial of Campos set for 5:00 pm (20:00 GMT).

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US experts investigate Brazil politician's doomed flight

US experts investigate Brazil politician's doomed flight

16 August 2014 | 19:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sao Paulo. A team of US experts is headed to Brazil to help investigate the plane crash that killed seven people including socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, AFP announced.
Brazil's air force, which is in charge of the investigation, has said that the black box recovered from the wreckage failed to record the final flight, which came down in bad weather on Wednesday in the city of Santos killing everyone on board.
The US experts hail from the National Transportation Safety Board, the US agency that investigates crashes, and the Cessna Aircraft Company, which made the plane, Brazil news site G1 reported Saturday.
Campos, 49, had been running third in opinion polls for the October election.
A popular former governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Campos was married with five children, the youngest just six months old.
His remains are due to be buried in the coming days in Recife, capital of Pernambuco. An open-air mass is also planned.
Campos's party is due to announce its new candidate on Wednesday, G1 said.
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Brazil president declares mourning, halts campaign after rival's death

Brazil president declares mourning, halts campaign after rival's death

13 August 2014 | 20:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Brasília. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff declared three days of national mourning and suspended her re-election campaign after one of her opponents, socialist ex-governor Eduardo Campos, died in a plane crash Wednesday, AFP reported.
"All of Brazil is in mourning. We lost a great Brazilian today, Eduardo Campos. We lost a great comrade," Rousseff said in a statement after her rival's campaign jet crashed in the southeastern city of Santos.
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Brazil presidential candidate Campos dies in jet crash

Brazil presidential candidate Campos dies in jet crash

13 August 2014 | 19:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Santos. Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October, died Wednesday when his jet crashed into a residential area, media network Globo said.
Campos, a socialist who has been running third in the polls, was on board a jet that crashed into a gym and houses in the city of Santos, breaking into pieces and sparking a large fire, Globo reported.
All seven people aboard, the Brazilian air force told the online and television news network.
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