Left­ist Work­ers’ Party loses big in Brazil­ian mu­nic­i­pal polls

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRAZIL’S Work­ers’ Party lost con­trol of Sao Paulo city hall in a na­tion­wide mu­nic­i­pal polls rout that saw the once-dom­i­nant left­ist force pun­ished by vot­ers an­gry at ram­pant re­ces­sion and cor­rup­tion.

In an em­phatic out­come, the Work­ers’ Party mayor of Brazil’s big­gest city, Fer­nando Had­dad, was trounced by Joao Do­ria from the cen­trist PSDB.

A sec­ond round run-off had been widely pre­dicted but Mr Do­ria cleared the re­quired 50 per­cent bar­rier with 53pc of the vote, mean­ing he won out­right.

The loss of Sao Paulo head­lined a dark day for the Work­ers’ Party, which shaped Brazil for the past 13 years but risks freefall as Brazil­ians shift to the right ahead of 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

The elec­tions for may­ors and city gov­ern­ments across 5568 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were the first since Dilma Rouss­eff of the Work­ers’ Party lost the pres­i­dency in a bruis­ing im­peach­ment bat­tle in Au­gust.

They also come as Work­ers’ Party founder and for­mer pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva faces cor­rup­tion charges that could sink his al­ready flag­ging po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Brazil­ians want change as they struggle through a dev­as­tat­ing re­ces­sion and the fall­out from a mas­sive em­bez­zle­ment and bribery scheme cen­tred on the state oil com­pany Petro­bras.

In Rio de Janeiro, 15 can­di­dates or politi­cians have been mur­dered over the past 10 months in the run-up to the polls, po­lice say. –

AFP

For­mer pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff from the left­ist Work­ers’ Party ar­rives at a polling sta­tion in Porto Ale­gre, in the Brazil­ian state of Rio Grande do Sul, dur­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions on Oc­to­ber 2.Photo:

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