Marina Silva has been formally named as the Brazilian Socialist Party’s new presidential candidate.
Environmental campaigner Marina Silva, 56, replaces the late Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash last week.
Marina Silva was Eduardo Campos’s running mate and served as environment minister.
She is seen as a leading challenger to President Dilma Rousseff, who’s seeking re-election in the October 5 poll.
PSB President Roberto Amaral told a news conference Marina Silva had been chosen unanimously.
Congressman Beto Albuquerque was named the party’s new vice presidential candidate.
Marina Silva will test President Dilma Rousseff’s status as favorite to win October’s election and make this a much more interesting process than it looked like being barely a week ago.
Marina Silva has been formally named as the Brazilian Socialist Party’s new presidential candidate (photo AP)
In the last presidential election, standing as the Green candidate, Marina Silva polled a credible 20% of the vote and is already a recognizable and much-admired figure across this continent-sized nation.
The first test of public opinion after Eduardo Campos’s death suggested Marina Silva could surpass the main opposition PSDB candidate Aecio Neves in the first round and beat current President Dilma Rousseff in the second, although both outcomes were within the poll’s margin of error.
However, analysts caution that, with the strong emotional reaction to last week’s events, a bounce in the polls was inevitable and the picture could change substantially.
A devout evangelical Christian who overcame poverty, Marina Silva only learnt to read and write when she was 16.
Correspondents say she appeals mostly to young voters who are unhappy with the Brazilian political establishment.
On Sunday, more than 100,000 people in Brazil paid their last respects to the late presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, a former governor and rising political star.
They attended a funeral Mass and filled the streets of the city of Recife to follow the passage of his coffin.
Eduardo Campos’s jet crashed on August 13 in bad weather in the port city Santos, near Sao Paulo, killing six other people. Investigators are still trying to establish the exact causes of the accident.
Marina Silva, Brazil’s ex-environment minister, would replace former presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on August 13.
Marina Silva is expected to be named in the next few days to run for president in October.
She agreed to run, but the decision still needs to be officially approved by Eduardo Campos’s Socialist Party (PSB).
The Socialists – the major partner in the opposition coalition established to run against President Dilma Rousseff – are expected to announce their decision after a meeting on August 20.
Marina Silva had decided to run for vice-president alongside Eduardo Campos after the Electoral Court in October 2013 refused to register her political movement, Rede Sustentabilidade (The Sustainability Network).
She fell out with the Workers’ Party government and left office to run against Dilma Rousseff in 2010.
An environmentalist and devout evangelical, Marina Silva polled surprisingly well, coming third with nearly 20% of the vote.
Marina Silva is expected to replace late Eduardo Campos to run for Brazil’s president in October
Dilma Rousseff, who is running for re-election in October, is the front-runner. On Sunday, the first opinion polls showing Marina Silva as candidate will be published in Brazil.
The first round of the presidential election will take place on 5 October and will go to a second round later that month if no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes.
The other main candidate is Aecio Neves, a current senator who will represent the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB).
Marina Silva is seen as a strong opponent and one who may win over even more support than Eduardo Campos would have.
She avoided addressing the issue as she travelled to Eduardo Campos’s funeral.
“I have a sense of responsibility and commitment,” she told journalists as she arrived in the north-eastern city of Recife.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in the streets of the city on Sunday to pay their last respects to the popular politician.
Eduardo Campos came from a traditional family of politicians and was governor of Pernambuco for seven years, leaving office earlier this year with high approval rates.
His private jet – a Cessna 560XL – crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos, in Sao Paulo state. It was travelling from Rio de Janeiro.
An investigation into the causes of the crash, which killed Eduardo Campos, 49, and six others, is under way.
The black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane did not record his flight, Brazilian Air Force (FAB) said.
According to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos did not record his flight.
It said the audio recording FAB experts had analyzed was not related to the flight that crashed on Wednesday.
A spokesman said they were trying to determine what the recording was.
Eduardo Campos, 49, and six others died when his private jet crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos near Sao Paulo.
Experts from the Centre of Investigation and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, have been trying to reconstruct the audio files from the black box in search for more clues as to what happened in the lead up to the accident.
The Brazilian Air Force says the black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Eduardo Campos did not record his flight
“The two hours of audio, the maximum recording capacity of the equipment, which were received and validated by certified technicians, were not of the flight of August 13,” air force spokesman Pedro Luis Farcic said in a statement.
“It is not yet possible to determine the date of the dialogue recorded in the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder), given that this equipment does not record this information,” he continued, adding that an investigation would determine what may have happened.
Shortly after the accident, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff declared three days of mourning and halted all her re-election campaign activities for October’s presidential poll.
Eduardo Campos, of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), had been running third in opinion polls.
It is not yet clear who will replace him as presidential candidate for the PSB.
The PSB has said it will meet on August 20.
Analysts say his running mate, 56-year-old Marina Silva, a popular politician and a former environment minister, could step in.
Under Brazilian law, the party has 10 days to choose a substitute.
It could also decide not to run and throw its support behind another candidate.
Eduardo Campos, a former governor of the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, was on his way from Rio de Janeiro to the city of Guaruja, near Santos, when the Cessna 560XL he was travelling in went down into a residential area, killing everyone on board.
Officials have blamed the crash on bad weather, but a federal investigation on the cause remains underway.
Brazil’s presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has died in a plane crash, party members and local officials say.
The Brazilian Air Force reported the plane was a Cessna 560XL.
The plane carrying Eduardo Campos came down in bad weather in a residential area of the port city of Santos, in Sao Paulo state.
Local reports say four other passengers and the two pilots were also killed.
President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days of national mourning and cancelled campaign events.
The plane carrying Eduardo Campos came down in bad weather in a residential area of the port city of Santos
Dilma Rousseff’s Vice President, Michel Temer, also expressed his regret over the death of Eduardo Campos, who had been running third in the polls for October’s election.
Eduardo Campos’ family had actively opposed Brazil’s military rule between 1964 and1985.
A married father of five children, Eduardo Campos, 49, served two terms as governor of the north-eastern Pernambuco state.
His vice-presidential candidate, Marina Silva, a popular politician and a former government minister, was reportedly meant to have been on the plane with him but decided not to travel.
Eduardo Campos was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Guaruja airport, outside Sao Paulo, when it hit bad weather, aviation authority spokesman Pedro Luis Farcic said.
According to air force officials, air traffic control lost contact with the plane after it was unable to land at Guaruja due to bad weather.
It plunged into several houses in a densely-populated neighborhood, sending plumes of smoke into the air.
Local residents said the sky was cloudy and it was raining at the time of the crash.
All seven people aboard the plane, including a campaign photographer and cameraman, a press adviser, as well as two pilots, died in the crash, City Hall press officer Patricia Fagueiro told the Associated Press news agency.