Brazilian Government Suffers Wave of Defeats in Mayoral Races

The Brazilian government suffered significant losses in the country’s municipal elections, with only five mayoral candidates supported by President Jair Bolsonaro winning their races, and none of them in the most important cities.

The Brazilian government suffered significant losses in the country’s municipal elections, with only five mayoral candidates supported by President Jair Bolsonaro winning their races, and none of them in the most important cities.

President Bolsonaro’s worst rebuff came in Rio de Janeiro, where Mayor Marcelo Crivella lost in a runoff Monday night election against his center-right predecessor Eduardo Paes by 64 percent to 36 percent.

Another significant defeat for President Bolsonaro came in Brazil’s fifth most populous city of Fortaleza, where a center-left candidate Sarto Nogueira topped the president’s favorite Wagner Gomes 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent. 

President Bolsonaro’s candidate Everaldo Iguchi lost in the capital of the Amazon Belen in a close vote against leftist Edmilson Rodriguez.

In Brazil’s biggest city Sao Paulo, President Bolsonaro’s candidate Celso Russomanno finished fourth after receiving 10 percent of the vote. The winner in this city was center-right Mayor Bruno Covas, winning reelection over socialist Guilherme Boulos by 60 percent to 40 percent.


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