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Marina Silva confirmed as Brazil presidential candidate

Environmentalist Marina Silva will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous nominee was killed in a plane crash.

Ms Silva, who had been Eduardo Campos' vice presidential running mate, met members of the party in Brasilia who officially approved her as the new candidate.

Brazilian politician Marina Silva speaks during a news conference in Brasilia Credit: Reuters

The decision was widely expected. Party members and Ms Silva's associates had said over the weekend that the main leaders had already chosen her to run in Mr Campos' place.