Brazil's president forced into runoff

Published October 2, 2006

BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazil's leftist president fell short of the votes he needed to win a second term Sunday night, triggering a runoff later this month after his party was slammed in the campaign's final days with charges of corruption and dirty tricks.

The runoff was announced by election authorities after 98 percent of the vote had been counted, with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva getting 48.8 percent compared to 41.4 percent for the center-right candidate, Geraldo Alckmin, Sao Paulo state's former governor. Other candidates split the rest.

The runoff is set for Oct. 29.

THAI PRIME MINISTER: Retired army commander Gen. Surayud Chulanont was sworn in Sunday as Thailand's interim prime minister. The military council running Thailand since a Sept. 19 coup appointed him.